British actress Gemma Arterton (Disappearance of Alice Creed) is set to star in director Neil LaBute’s big screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery novel “The Crooked House.” She joins a cast that includes Gabriel Byrne (End of Days), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), and Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music).
LaBute tells Variety:
The story has a couple of fresh sides to it that I didn’t remember from Christie’s work. There’s a love story, which didn’t feature strongly in many of her books, so that seemed very different to me and fresh. Plus it’s quite morally ambiguous, which also appealed to me.
Budgeted at $20 million, The Crooked House is a who-done-it centering on three generations of the Leonides family and the suspicious murder of their multimillionaire patriarch. The clan live together in a huge—and seemingly crooked—mansion.
LaBute, who wrote and directed the delightfully caustic dramas In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, is this time working of a script from The Tourist scribe Julian Fellowes and Tim Rose Price. The film is slated for production in the U.K. this summer.
Arterton is currently shooting Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters in Braunschweig, Germany.