Casting Call: Murder on the Orient Express

Published December 13, 2013

In which we suggest who would star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

What resolves as a 12-person conspiracy begins as a classic detective drama: American business typhoon Mr. Ratchett is found dead in his train car aboard the Orient Express, running from Paris to Istanbul. The train director enlists Belgian detective and fellow passenger Hercule Poirot to investigate. Poirot finds that Ratchett was a gangster named Cassetti, who had kidnapped, ransomed, and killed the daughter of a wealthy colonel. Ratchett was stabbed 12 times, and Poirot identifies 13 suspects also aboard the train—but don’t worry. We aren’t giving away the entire ending.

Written by Agatha Christie and published in January of 1934, Murder on the Orient Express is a classic whodunit story, with plenty of plot-twists along the way and even more suspects. The novel was first adapted into an Oscar winning film by Sidney Lumet in 1974, and now Fox has the rights to remake it.

Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, and Simon Kinberg are all on board to produce the remake; however, Scott will not be directing, and writers have not yet been hired. It is unclear whether the film will be set in the 1930s or moved to a more contemporary time, but regardless of Fox’s decision, here a list of who we think should recreate the original all-star cast.

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