‘Killing Eve’ star joins ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ follow-up ‘Death on the Nile’

Another name has been added to the cast of the new Death on the Nile adaptation.

The sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express will see Kenneth Branagh return as Hercule Poirot.

Based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel, the script for Death on the Nile has been written by Michael Green, who wrote the screenplay for Orient Express.

Originally published in 1937, Christie’s story sees Poirot investigate a murder while on a luxury cruise on the Nile River in Egypt.

It’s now been revealed that Killing Eve star Jodie Comer has been lined up for a main role in the movie.

Prior to her breakout role as assassin Villanelle in BBC America’s Killing Eve, the 26-year-old English actress was best known for her roles in Doctor Foster and The White Princess.

Comer will join the previously announced Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer.

Wonder Woman star Gadot is playing rich heiress Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, alongside Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) as Simon Doyle.

Kenneth Branagh told Empire magazine: “That central trio I’m very excited about it. We’re in the process of casting the rest.”

Discussing how to follow the incredible ensemble cast of Murder on the Orient Express, he added: “We want the same sense of event. Something I’m pleased about is that I bump into a lot actors I admire and they ask, ‘Can I be in the next one?!’ So I’ll absolutely be taking them up on that.”

Alongside Branagh, Vanity Fair actor Tom Bateman will also be reprising his Murder on the Orient Express role as Bouc.

Death on the Nile was previously adapted as part of David Suchet’s long-running Poirot TV series in 2004, featuring a young Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns).

Death on the Nile is set for release in cinemas on 2nd October 2020.

Murder on the Orient Express is available to buy on DVD on Amazon.