Hugh Laurie’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? has found its lead actors. Will Poulter (The Revenant) and Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody) will join the cast of the adaptation for Christie’s 1934 mystery novel.
According to Deadline, in Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, readers follow Bobby Jones (Poulter), a vicar’s son, and his keen friend Lady Frances (“Frankie”) Derwent (Boynton) in their attempts to solve the crime surrounding a dying man who utters the title of the novel with his dying breath. The “amateur” detectives find a photograph of an attractive woman in this man’s pocket and set off to uncover the mystery.
Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited will produce Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?. BritBox North America commissioned the three-part adaptation.
Both Poulter and Boynton expressed their enthusiasm for starring in this adaptation. Poulter said, “I’m deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to co-lead this project with Lucy and the chance to bring Agatha Christie’s thrilling story to life under Hugh’s direction.”
Boynton remarked, “I’m so thrilled to be working with Hugh and Will, and on this story from one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to get started”.
Emily Powers, Jonathan Karas, Damien Timmer, Gina Cronk, James Prichard, and Helen Ziegler are listed as executive producers, while Claire Jones will produce, according to Deadline.
Other confirmed cast members include Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Amy Nuttal (Downton Abbey), Alistair Petrie (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and Joshua James (Black Mirror).