Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening is joining Kenneth Branagh’s “Death On The Nile,” an adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery novel. In a Deadline exclusive, it’s reported that Bening will be accompanying the already impressive cast of Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Armie Hammer (“Sorry to Bother You”), Letitia Wright (“Black Panther”) and Tom Bateman (“Murder on the Orient Express”).
The Christie novel follows the world-class detective, Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of a young heiress while on vacation. Branagh reprises his role as the sharp detective, a role he directed himself in not long ago with 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” That adaptation of the murder mystery racked up over $102 million at the domestic box office and over $302 million cumulative worldwide. Branagh returns to the scene of yet another whodunit outing, reteaming with screenwriter Michael Green (“Logan,” “Blade Runner 2049”).
Bening has been nominated for an Oscar in her roles for “The Grifters,” “American Beauty,” “Being Julia” and “The Kids Are Alright.” She starred in the Mike Mills-directed drama “20th Century Women,” which was nominated for best original screenplay at the Academy Awards. She recently starred in Marvel/Disney’s “Captain Marvel.” Bening is set to appear in a supporting role in the Sundance political drama, “The Report,” from director Scott Z. Burns, expected to release September 27. The film closed an acquisition deal with Amazon Studios shortly after its Utah debut.
Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mark Gordon are signed on as producers for Branagh’s project. “Death On The Nile” is being produced by The Estate of Agatha Christie with Twentieth Century Fox, which is distributing the film for release October 9, 2020.