Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express made over $300 million when it released in 2017. Following this success, 20th Century Fox was more that ready to schedule a sequel based on Death on the Nile, another Christie novel featuring the same detective from the first film, Hercule Poirot (who was also played by Branagh). And a big star has just joined the new film.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Letitia Wright, who broke out into the mainstream as Shuri in Marvel’s Black Panther, has joined the cast. She will star alongside Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer as well as the Branagh reprising his role as Hercule.
The novel takes place in Egypt along the Nile River and follows Hercule Poirot as he tries to solve the murder of an heiress aboard a steamer traveling down the river. Wright will play Rosalie Otterbourne, a lead suspect in the case. Gadot will play Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, the heiress at the center of the murder. It is unclear what role Hammer will play.
Shooting for the film will commence in September, with an October 2020 release date planned.
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