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John Malkovich is playing Poirot!


The ABC Murders, a three-part retelling of Christie's 1936 classic and adapted by Sarah Phelps, will see John Malkovich in the lead as Hercule Poirot, with Rupert Grint (Harry Potter, Sick Note), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch, The Honourable Woman), Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks, Chained), Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones), Bronwyn James (Harlots) and Freya Mavor (The Sense of an Ending) also set to star. Further casting will soon be announced.

I'm thrilled. Suchet is great (though he has his limits, as Queering Agatha Christie--an excellent recent study--points out). But, since Finney, the major trend has been toward more genial, friendly portrayals of Poirot (Ustinov the avuncular, Suchet the lonely, Branagh the soulful). I've come to admire the weird, alien, unlikable Poirot Finney gave us in Murder on the Orient Express, and I'm really hoping Malkovich brings back some of that spikiness. 

EDIT: Here's our thread for the 2017 Murder on the Orient Express.

Edited by NBooth

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