BBC Casts John Malkovich & Rupert Grint In Agatha Christie Thriller ‘The ABC Murders’
John Malkovich will take on the classic character of Hercule Poirot in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘The ABC Murders’ for BBC One it has been announced.
The one off three-part series comes from BAFTA-nominated writer Sarah Phelps (‘Ordeal by Innocence’, ‘Hooten & the Lady’), and is set in the 1930s at a time when the nation is dangerously divided and suspicion and hatred are on the rise. In the midst of this Poirot faces a serial killer known only as A.B.C. First, the killer strikes in Andover, then Bexhill. As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene. Poirot’s investigations are thwarted at every turn by an enemy determined to outsmart him. If Poirot is to match his nemesis then everything about him will be called into question; his authority, his integrity, his past, his identity.
“Set in the seething, suspicious early 1930s, The ABC Murders is a brutal story of violence and lies, the long shadow of the past and the slaughter to come,” comments Phelps. “At its centre, one of the most familiar, famous characters in crime fiction. We may all think we know Poirot but do we really know Hercule?”
The drama, which starts filming in June, also stars Rupert Grint (‘Harry Potter’, ‘Sick Note’) as Inspector Crome, Andrew Buchan (‘Broadchurch’, ‘The Honourable Woman’) as Franklin Clarke, Eamon Farren (‘Twin Peaks’, ‘Chained’) playing Cust, Tara Fitzgerald (‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Requiem’) as Lady Hermione Clarke, Bronwyn James (‘Harlots’) in the role of Megan and Freya Mavor (‘The Sense Of An Ending’, ‘Sunshine On Leith’) as Thora Grey.
“The ABC Murders is one of my great grandmother’s most unsettling and intense stories and Hercule Poirot one of her most intriguing characters,” adds James Prichard, Executive Producer and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited. “I am humbled by the quality of cast we have lined up for the show and I am most excited to experience the unique approach John Malkovich will bring to the role in this thrilling one-off television adaptation.”
Filming for ‘The ABC Murders’ begins next month and will be directed by Alex Gabassi (‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’, ‘El Hipnotizador’) and produced by BAFTA nominated Farah Abushwesha (‘Irreplaceable You’, ‘The Party’).