John Malkovich to play Poirot in new BBC adaptation

There’s going to be a new Poirot for The ABC Murders.

Sarah Phelps’ Agatha Christie adaptations for the BBC have been tremendous seasonal treats during the past three years, and intrigue and excitement were piqued when it was announced that Phelps would take on Poirot for her next Christie project.

The big question was: who was going to play the iconic Poirot?

Now we know and it’s an intriguing, bold and unexpected choice. It’s John Malkovich.

Due to start filming in June, Malkovich will lead the cast of The ABC Murders (Christie’s classic 1936 serial killer story) as Hercule Poirot.

This time the setting is the 1930s; 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.

Also joining the cast are 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. Further casting to be announced.

The one-off, three-part drama marks the return of Poirot to television and continues BBC One and Agatha Christie Limited’s unique production deal that will see Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen deliver SIX more Christie adaptations.

James Prichard, Executive Producer and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, said: “The ABC Murders is one of my great grandmother’s most unsettling and intense stories and Hercule Poirot one of her most intriguing characters. 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.”

Sarah Phelps said: “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. 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?”



10 Comments Add yours

  1. Seija says:

    Wow and wow. There will be a new Sarah Phelps’ A.C. adaptation and John M. is palying Poirot. Cheers all around!


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Sounds good, doesn’t it? Malkovich and unexpected but bold choice!


  2. Terry says:

    It sounds great! I can’t wait to see this…very excited!


  3. Andy D says:

    Wow! Great choice of actor and a noted Francophile fluent in French so I’m hoping for a nuanced accent and a cracking ‘tache!


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      I reckon this will be quite a radical Poirot (ie wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t much of a ‘tache)


  4. Patty C. says:

    I can’t imagine Malkovich in the role, but let’s see how he does. Phelps seems to add her own touch of manic, so it will be interesting.


  5. Patty C. says:

    Sorry- magic, not manic.


    1. Seija says:

      Quite a Freudian slip, Patty C. LoL


      1. Patty C. says:

        Isn’t it, just, Seija!


  6. marblex says:

    I ask… why? I like Phelps, but I’m not liking all the Christie rewriting going on. It is troublesome and offensive to artistic moral rights. Yeah, I know it’s an adaptation, but . . . jury will remain out on this one till I see it. . .


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