According to a new report, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer are in the running to join Kenneth Branagh‘s “Murder on the Orient Express.”
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news, but is quick to note that neither are formally attached. Instead, they are “names of interest” for the project.
In August, Angelina Jolie left the project. Variety, who first broke that news, says the actress never signed a deal on the film, but was in early negotiations for an unspecified role. Now, the report claims, the studio is putting out feelers for other big stars such as Charlize Theron.
Production on the film will begin this fall. Branagh is directing, and is also starring as the iconic Agatha Christie character detective Hercule Poirot. Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is adapting the screenplay from Christie’s novel.
The film is not the only one in development that relates to the famous mystery author. In June it was reported that two films centering on Christie are vying for approval from her estate in order to proceed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in Sony’s version (“Agatha Christie”), Alicia Vikander is in negotiations to play Christie in her “proto-feminist” years, unhappy with societal expectations of a young mother and wife.
In Paramount’s “Agatha,” Emma Stone is also in negotiations to play the renowned author during the eleven days she went missing in 1926. No one knows why Christie disappeared. Neither film has announced potential directors or writers.
The outlet notes both films need to gain approval from the Christie estate, something that can take years to accomplish.
It reportedly took Fox seven years to do just that for “Murder on the Orient Express.”
The film’s scheduled release date is Nov. 22 of next year.