Angelina Jolie Passes On Kenneth Branagh's Murder On The Orient Express Remake

Despite early reports to the contrary, Angelina Jolie is not about to board the Orient Express.

The Hollywood superstar had been linked to a key role in a new take on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ set to be directed by Kenneth Branagh, who will also star as the iconic detective Hercule Poirot.

However, Variety report that Jolie has officially declined the offer.

Studio 20th Century Fox are now said to be courting a number of big name actresses for the role, Charlize Theron reportedly being at the top of the list.

The role in question, Mrs Hubbard, was taken by the legendary Lauren Bacall in the last major Hollywood take on Christie’s novel, directed by Sidney Lumet in 1974. The all-star ensemble on that production included (amongst others) Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, and Albert Finney as Poirot.

There is no indication yet as to who else may be set to join Branagh (and possibly Theron) in this new ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ but the British actor-director’s attachment to the project demonstrates his renewed comfort working at blockbuster level in the wake of ‘Thor,’ ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ and ‘Cinderella.’

Branagh will also produce alongside Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon, whilst Agatha Christie’s great-grandson James Prichard is on board as executive producer.

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