Angelina Jolie Pulls Out of 'Murder on the Orient Express' As Charlize Theron Is Rumoured to Replace Her
The 'By The Sea' actress will no longer be starring in the Kenneth Branagh directed murder mystery

The Mirror, 5 August 2016
By John James Anisiobi

Hollywood's biggest female star Angelina Jolie has decided not to add her star power to the long awaited 'Murder On The Orient Express'.

According to reports the 'By the Sea' actress had been in early talks with 20th Century Fox about appearing in the adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel, which is being directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, but Variety reports that she has now decided to pass on the project.

Rumour has it that Oscar-winner Charlize Theron is now the front-runner considered as a last minute replacement for Ange.

A source told Mirror Online that the reason for Ange pulling out is most likely due to the tight schedule of filming.

"We're scheduled to start filming November 21st and finish at the end of February 2017," said the insider.

"The dates are inflexible because of Kenneth's theatre commitments. 60 days of shooting across England and Malta means it's going to be hard going, perhaps that'll be tough for Ange and her family."

Along with directing, Branagh will produce and play the lead character, detective Hercule Poirot.

'Blade Runner Two's' scriptwriter Michael Green is penning the screenplay for the movie, which revolves around a killing on the famous train.

It's up to Belgian detective Poirot to solve the case, with a number of eccentric passengers in the frame as the murderer.

It was previously claimed the movie will be a remake of Sidney Lumet's 1974 film, which starred Albert Finney as Poirot, who was investigating the murder of an American tycoon.

Those playing the suspects included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, who picked up a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

The popular story was also depicted in a 2001 TV show which starred Alfred Molina and Leslie Caron.

Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon will all produce the movie with Branagh, while James Prichard, Christie's great grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd., and Hilary Strong, CEO at Agatha Christie Ltd, will executive produce.


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