Josh Gad is the latest person to join a stacked cast for “Murder on the Orient Express.” The film also stars Daisy Ridley, Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña and Judi Dench.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gad “will play Hector McQueen, a skittish man who drinks too much and works as an assistant/translator to Depp’s character.”
Gad previously voiced Olaf in “Frozen,” and will be seen next in “Beauty and the Beast.”
In August, Angelina Jolie left the project. Variety reported that Jolie never signed a deal on the film, but was in early negotiations for a role. Following her departure, other big names were sought, such as Pfeiffer and Ridley.
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 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.