Gemma Arterton has signed up to join Julie Andrews, Matthew Goode and Gabriel Byrne in a big-screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’.
The British actress will star in Neil LaBute’s adaptation of the murder mystery, rewritten for screen by ‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes and Tim Rose Price.
The film will feature a crime scene set against the backdrop of three generations of a family who live together in a large, seemingly crooked house.
All members of the family, who each have their own eccentricities, become suspects when their multimillionaire relative is killed and a detective must determine whether Arterton’s character is a murderess or the next victim.
Although the book isn’t one of Christie’s well-known works it was one of her personal favourites.
LaBute, who directed the 2006 remake on ‘The Wicker Man’, said: “I have always liked whodunnits,” LaBute said. “And I mean real whodunnits, not mystery-slash-thriller-slash-horror whodunits. I thought, ‘When did I last see one of those? And in fact it was probably Gosford Park: at least a nominal portion of Gosford Park had a whodunnit running through it.”
Budgeted at around £20m, ‘Crooked House’ is set to begin filming in the UK this summer.