Actor Ali Fazal is set to share screen space with Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. The film is a follow-up to the studio’s 2017 blockbuster Murder on the Orient Express, also an adaptation of Christie’s novel of the same name.
Kenneth Branagh, who helmed the first part, will return to the director’s chair for the new project and reprise his role of the mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
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Thank you thank you @bombaytimes !!! And #hollywoodreporter And all the media thats been kind to me!! For the announcement!! I am indeed excited to be part of this wonderful journey with Sir Kenneth Brannagh as my director and co actor along with a stellar ensemble.. i thank my agents and management that have worked tirelessly on all sides of the world to get me such opportunities. Hope to do my best. Thanks @whimsicalfantasy @hardlyanonymous_2.0 for the massive support.
Fazal has made a name for himself in Hollywood with films such as Furious 7 and period drama Victoria & Abdul, also starring veteran actor Judi Dench.
In a statement, the 32-year-old actor said, “Yes, I am part of this wonderful journey and I look forward to being a part of it. My mother and I have always been huge fans of Agatha Christie novels.” Death on the Nile will chronicle Poirot’s vacation in Egypt where he discovers a murder on the banks of river Nile as a love triangle goes awry.
Armie Hammer and Letitia Wright are also aboard the cast, while Russell Brand and Annette Bening are in talks to join. The film will go on floors later this month. Filming will take place in London and parts of Europe.
Death on the Nile has been previously adapted into a 1978 film, with Peter Ustinov as Poirot along with Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Maggie Smith, among others.