Kenneth Branagh will take on one of fiction’s most iconic roles; Agatha Christie‘s mild-mannered, exceedingly polite, but ruthlessly observant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, in a new film of Murder on the Orient Express. The Belfast-born actor is no stranger to looking for clues: he has famously brought Swedish detective Wallander to life in a series of BBC dramas.
Making Poirot his own, though, might be a challenge for Branagh’s — and the audience’s — little grey cells. It’s almost impossible to think of the character without seeing David Suchet, who has played him more than seventy times over twenty years. Poirot has also been played by Peter Ustinov and Albert Finney. Branagh will also direct the new film, based on one of the more famous of Christie’s novels.