*Fresh from his Tony winning turn as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Leslie Odom Jr. is in talks to join Kenneth Branagh’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” at Fox, reports Variety.
The film is based on one of Angela Christie’s best known books, which was first published in 1934 and revolves around a murder of an American businessman on board the famous train — with multiple suspects.
Branagh will direct and star as detective Hercule Poirot; Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is penning the screenplay.
Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version starred Albert Finney as Poirot and the cast included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and earned Bergman an Oscar.