Willem Dafoe has been cast in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery novel.
Dafoe will be playing Mr. Hardman, and is joining an already incredible cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Peña, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr., and Johnny Depp.
Many people have adapted Murder on the Orient Express in the past, including the late, great Sidney Lumet in 1974, and a 2010 film written by long-time Poirot screenwriter Stewart Harcourt, which starred David Suchet, reprising his role from the classic ITV series, and leading a cast just as impressive as the one Branagh is putting together (Jessica Chastain, Toby Jones, etc.). Whether Branagh's adaptation will hold up to these past outings is anyone's guess, but Branagh's Shakespearian flare for the dramatic may serve him well in a story rife, like all Agatha Christie stories, with repressed passions and large egos.
Branagh himself will be playing Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, which is currently set for release on 24th November 2017.