‘Harry Potter’ star joins cast of BBC’s new Poirot mini-series

Rupert Grint will play an inspector in the BBC’s next Agatha Christie adaptation.

The makers of And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution are currently filming a new adaptation of Christie’s The ABC Murders for BBC One.

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.”.

Grint, best known as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, will play Inspector Crome in the BBC’s upcoming three-part drama.

He’ll star alongside Hollywood actor John Malkovich (Of Mice & Men, In the Line of Fire), who was recently revealed to be David Suchet’s replacement as the latest TV incarnation of the famous Belgian detective.

The cast of The ABC Murders also includes Andrew Buchan (Garrow’s Law) as Franklin Clarke, Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks) as Cust, Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones) as Lady Hermione Clarke, Bronwyn James (Harlots) as Megan, and Freya Mavor (The Sense of an Ending) as Thora Grey.

The official synopsis reads: “…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.”

Poirot: The Complete Cases Collection is available now on DVD.

The ABC Murders is expected to air in the UK this Christmas on BBC One and in the US at a later date.