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The more popular the film you're trying to remake, the larger the undertaking it becomes. Whether you're trying to remake a fan favorite film, one that has been deemed a "classic," or both, there's a lot of work that needs to be done in order to ensure that you satisfy all of the old fans, as well as any potential new ones. One way to help meet that goal is to get the best people that you possibly can to help you make the movie well. After putting together a superstar production team and then finding a consummate performer to both star and direct the film, Murder on the Orient Express has now turned to selecting the rest of their cast and the first person they want is Angelina Jolie.
According to Variety, Angelina Jolie is in early talks with Fox to join the cast of their remake based on the classic Agatha Christie mystery tale. The only other actor currently attached is Kenneth Branagh, who is currently set to star as detective Hercule Poirot, in addition to directing the film. Additional behind the scenes talent includes Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg as producers. They will have their work cut out for them finding the perfect cast to complete this ensemble.
Exactly which role Angelina Jolie is in talks to play has not been revealed. The 1974 film, which was both a critical and commercial success, contained several female stars, including Ingrid Bergman, who won an Academy Award for her role, and Lauren Bacall, as well as Vanessa Redgrave and Jacquline Bisset. Jolie could potentially be looking at any one of those parts. Roles like Bergman's are less likely, she was much older in 1974 than Jolie is now, but we don't know for certain how closely the new film will attempt to be to the previous one, or to the original source material. In addition to the famous ladies involved, the previous Murder on the Orient Express included great male actors like Sir John Gielgud, Sean Connery, and Albert Finney.
Since the film is being described as a remake of Sidney Lumet's 1974 version, we can expect that the intention is to put together a similarly all-star cast as that film did. Angelina Jolie and Kenneth Branagh certainly qualify, so it will be interesting to see who else they can get to board the famous train.
The story is set in 1935 and takes place on a train which gets stuck in the snow just outside of Istanbul. One of the passengers on board is murdered and detective Hercule Poirot is called upon to solve the case. Since all of the potential suspects are trapped aboard the train with him, the story is as tense as it is mysterious.
Who else would you like to see join the cast of Murder on the Orient Express?