Art & Experience: Five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh will direct for 20th Century Fox a new Murder on the Orient Express movie, adapting Agatha Christies’ acclaimed mystery novel. The announcement was made today by TCF president Emma Watts.

Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. It revolves around a murder onboard the famous train, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case – but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer. In addition to directing the Murder on the Orient Express movie, Branagh will star as detective Poirot.

Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh will produce the film, along with Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay. Steve Asbell is overseeing the production for Fox.

In the 1974 film version of the novel, Albert Finney played Poirot, and went to bag best actor Oscar nomination.