Central casting completed for the film adaptation of ‘The Thursday Murder Club’

TV presenter and author Richard Osman has confirmed that central casting has been finalised for the film adaptation of his best-selling novel The Thursday Murder Club. Osman’s debut novel was a huge critical and commercial success, topping the Sunday Times best-seller list on its release in 2020.  It was then followed by The Man Who Died Twice, The Bullet That Missed, and The Last Devil to Die, which were published in 2021, 2022, and 2023 respectively.

The book was also adapted for BBC Radio 4 and aired in 2021, read by the late Haydn Gwynne.

Who is in it?

Osman confirmed via a statement on X that Best Exotic Marigold Hotel star Celia Imrie will play the role of Joyce. She will join what Osman describes as the ‘insanely great’ cast that, so far, includes Dame Helen Mirren as Elizabeth, Pierce Brosnan as Ron and Sir Ben Kingsley as Ibrahim.

Helen Mirren as Grandmère in White Bird: A Wonder Story. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate


Celia Imrie in Good Grief. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Netflix.


Ben Kingsley in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Netflix

Who is behind it?

Initial casting was announced in April. Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin bought the film rights to the novel back in 2020 and will be producing the film that Netflix will distribute on its streaming service. Seasoned Hollywood director Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter) will write the screenplay and direct the film.

 Osman said:

“I’m so proud of this book, so it is a dream to see The Thursday Murder Club in such incredible hands. From Chris Columbus, to Amblin to Netflix, there are geniuses everywhere I look. And what a cast. I’m pinching myself.”

When can we watch it?

Filming will commence in June 2024 with additional cast members to be announced in due course.

The Thursday Murder Club does not have a release date yet but we can expect to see it on Netflix in 2025.