John Malkovich will play Hercule Poirot in a three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1936 mystery novel The ABC Murders. The BBC and Amazon production is being adapted by Sarah Phelps, and will also star Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan, Eamon Ferren, Tara Fitzgerald, Bronwyn Games and Freya Mavor.
“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,” Phelps said in a press release. “At its center, one of the most familiar, famous characters in crime fiction. We may all think we know Poirot, but do we really know Hercule?”
The novel features Poirot’s attempts to nab a serial killer simply known as ABC. Set in 1930s America, the only clue helping Poirot is a copy of the ABC Railway Guide at the spot of every murder. The series will be directed by Alex Gabassi.