Kingsman and I May Destroy You stars team up for new murder mystery

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

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Colin Firth, Paapa Essiedu and Gemma Arterton have joined the cast of 1930s murder mystery Curtain Call.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, while also revealing that Oscar-nominated screenwriter Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal) is behind this one.

Could this be the next Knives Out?

Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole / Staff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole / Staff - Getty Images

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Adapted from Anthony Quinn's 2015 book-of-the-same-name, Curtain Call puts the action in London's theatre scene.

Feared critic Jimmy Erskine (portrayed by Penny Dreadful's Simon Russell Beale) is a man whose days are numbered after he miffs-off various industry workers and they decide to get rid of him.

Yet, his survival instincts force these assailants into a web of deceit, blackmail and murder.

Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

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Firth is on board as a newspaper owner, while Essiedu and Arterton play Jimmy's loyal assistant and a theatre actress.

Since his appearance in the BBC and HBO hit show I May Destroy You, 30-year-old Essiedu has gained the attention of many TV and film casting directors.

Coming up next for him is a part in Channel 5's new series centred on Anne Boleyn, opposite Jodie Turner-Smith.

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