With John Malkovich (Billions, Burn After Reading) set to stretch his “little gray cells” as Agatha Christie‘s iconic literary detective Hercule Poirot in BBC One/Amazon’s The ABC Murders, viewers getting a first-look at Rupert Grint‘s (Snatch, Harry Potter franchise) Inspector Crome and key cast members from the upcoming three-part miniseries adaptation. As we can see from the image below, Grint’s physical approach falls in line with Malkovich’s more “subtle” approach to Poirot (translation: didn’t go full-on Kenneth Branagh with the facial hair):
“I’m honored to have been asked to play Hercule Poirot. It’s a role that’s been played by a number of excellent actors, and I am enjoying the numerous challenges this part presents. I have great respect for Sarah Phelps’ screenplay and hope to do both she and Agatha Christie’s creation some measure of justice.” – John Malkovich
Adapted by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, EastEnders) and directed by Alex Gabassi (The Frankenstein Chronicles) from the classic 1936 novel, The ABC Murders is the next installment in BBC One’s collection of Christie stories, continuing BBC One and Agatha Christie Limited’s production deal. Under the agreement, Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen are set to develop six more Christie adaptations, with Amazon holding broadcast rights in the U.S.
Check a few scenes from the adaptation below, along with the official synopsis for the miniseries:
“Bafta nominated writer Sarah Phelps returns to explore the 20th Century through Christie’s work. 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.”
BBC One/Amazon’s The ABC Murders also stars Tara Fitzgerald (Game Of Thrones), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter franchise), Kevin McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Gregor Fisher (Love, Actually) and Jack Farthing (Poldark).
Mammoth Screen’s Phelps, Damien Timmer, and Helen Ziegler; Agatha Christie Limited’s James Prichard and Basi Akpabio; and BBC’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff will executive produce.