Here’s a first look image of John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot in the new adaptation of The ABC Murders.
The BBC has released the image of his portrayal of the best-loved Agatha Christie detective, along with a short clip of him wearing a shirt, tie and top hat, along with goatie beard (see video below).
Malkovich joins an all-star cast in the adaption, written by Bafta nominated writer Sarah Phelps, along with Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, Tara Fitzgerald (The Walking Dead) and Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch).
The 64-year-old American actor said: “I’m honored to have been asked to play Hercule Poirot. It’s a role that’s been played by a number of excelllent actors, and I am enjoying the numerous challenges this part presents.
"I have great respect for Sarah Phelps’ screenplay and hope to do both she and Agatha Christie’s creation some measure of justice.”
The story, set is the 1930s—a time when the nation is dangerously divided and suspicion and hatred are on the rise—sees Poirot is tasked with tracking down a serial killer known only as ABC.
As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene—but the detective's investigations are thwarted at every turn by an enemy determined to outsmart him.
To match his nemesis, Poirot's authority, integrity, past, and identity is called into question.