David Suchet’s replacement as Hercule Poirot has been officially confirmed.
The BBC announced details of its next Agatha Christie mini-series earlier this year, with the makers of BBC One’s And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution adapting Christie’s The ABC Murders.
First published in January 1936, the detective novel sees Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp investigate a series of killings by a mysterious murderer known only as “A.B.C.”.
64-year-old actor John Malkovich will play the famous Belgian detective in the three-part drama.
The American-born movie star, best known for his roles in Of Mice & Men and In the Line of Fire, is of Croatian, French, German, Scottish and English ancestry.
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, commented: “We are utterly thrilled that John Malkovich has been persuaded to unleash his extraordinary abilities on this stellar role.”
The ABC Murders began filming last month and will mark the first appearance of Poirot on television since actor David Suchet’s final TV movie in November 2013.
Suchet played Poirot in 70 episodes and 13 seasons of Agatha Christie’s Poirot on ITV between 1989 and 2013.
The ABC Murders is expected to air in the UK this Christmas on BBC One and in the US at a later date.
Poirot: The Complete Cases Collection is available now on DVD.
Kenneth Branagh will also be back as Poirot on the big screen in 2019 with a sequel to last year’s Murder on the Orient Express movie.