John Malkovich, currently guest starring on “Billions,” as a Russian oligarch named Grigor Andolov, is going in a different direction for his next TV role. The two-time Oscar nominee is going to play Hercule Poirot in a BBC-Amazon co-production of Agatha Christie’s 1936 novel “The ABC Murders.”
He’s far from the first to play the Belgian detective with the mustache. Among the others who’ve played Poirot, who appeared in 33 Christie novels and more than 50 Christie short stories, are Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, Kenneth Branagh, Alfred Molina, and the inimitable David Suchet. None other than Tony Randall played Poirot in the first adaptation of “The ABC Murders,” called “The Alphabet Murders,” in 1965.
The new “ABC Murders” will be a three-parter, and it will feature Rupert Grint, Tara Fitzgerald, and Andrew Buchan. Sarah Phelps will adapt the novel for the screen. Since 2015, she has also adapted Christie’s “Ordeal by Innocence,” “The Witness for the Prosecution” and “And Then There Were None” for television.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at email@example.com.