Daisy Ridley and Johnny Depp sign up for 'Murder On The Orient Express' reboot

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Filming is set to begin later this year


Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Dame Judi Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer have signed up for a remake of Murder On The Orient Express.

Kenneth Branagh will direct and star in the reboot of the Agatha Christie 1934 mystery novel, alongside Michael Pena, Sir Derek Jacobi and Leslie Odom Jr, the Tony-winning star of Broadway musical Hamilton.

Production is set to begin in November in London. “I’m honoured to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience,” Branagh told BBC News.

Previously filmed in 1974 with Albert Finney as Poirot, Murder On The Orient Express sees the character investigate the death of a wealthy American on board the titular locomotive.

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Depp plays the victim Samuel Ratchett, while Dame Judi takes up the role of the aristocratic Princess Dragomiroff.

Ridley will play Mary Debenham, a working-class governess in love with Odom Jr’s Dr Arbuthnot.

Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her role in the 1974 film, which also starred Sean Connery, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave.

The story inspired a 2010 instalment of ITV’s Poirot series, starring David Suchet as Christie’s famous detective.

Meanwhile, Ridley has predicted that the next Star Wars film’s full title won’t be announced for “a while”.

Ridley is reprising her role as Rey in Episode VIII, the follow-up to last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after this year’s spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

“I heard a title [for Episode VIII], but I don’t know if it’s going to be that,” Ridley said during an appearance on the My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast. “I heard the title a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel some things have slightly tweaked during production. It’s going to be a while before it’s released, I imagine.”

Disney and Lucasfilm have set a release date of December 15, 2017.

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