Willem Dafoe Joins 'Murder on the Orient Express'

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Kenneth Branagh is directing the adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic.

Willem Dafoe is ready to ride the Orient Express.

The actor is joining the star-studded ensemble cast of Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express.

Branagh is directing and starring as the investigator Hercule Poirot, who must solve a murder case aboard a train while being surrounded by duplicitous passengers. Penelope Cruz recently joined the cast, which also includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr. and Tom Bateman.

Dafoe will play Mr. Hardman, a passenger on the train who says he sells typewriting ribbons, but may have a deeper tie to the murder victim.

Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh are producing the movie, which began production in November in London. Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood and Judy Hofflund also are producing.

The Fox film is an adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie story. Michael Green (Blade Runner sequel) wrote the script. Steve Asbell is overseeing for Fox.

Dafoe’s recent credits include John Wick and Dog Eat Dog. He soon will be seen in The Great Wall with Matt Damon and the upcoming Warner Bros. superhero ensemble film Justice League. Dafoe is repped by CAA, The Artists Partnership in the U.K. and Circle of Confusion.

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