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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena and Judi Dench have a ticket on Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express.

The studio has enlisted a cavalcade of A-listers for its ensemble adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed mystery novel that is being directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The classic murder mystery centers around a murder onboard the famous train, and introduces Belgian detective Hercule Poirot who must solve the case while being surrounded by duplicitous passengers.

Branagh is doing double duty by also starring as detective Hercule Poirot and leads a cast that includes Johnny Depp, who will play Ratchett, the man who is murdered, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., who is playing Doctor Arbuthnot, and Tom Bateman, who will play the Frenchman Bouc. Also in the cast are Lucy Boynton and Derek Jacobi.

Pfeiffer will ply Mrs. Hubbard, a glamorous and opinionated passenger with a secret.

Ridley will play Mary Debenham, a working class woman in love with Arbuthnot.

Dench will play Princess Dragomiroff, who hails from Russian royalty while Pena plays a Cuban passenger named Marquez.

“Christie’s Murder is mysterious, compelling and unsettling,” said Branagh. “I’m honored to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience.”

Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh are producing the movie, which begins production in London in November. Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood and Judy Hofflund will also produce.

Michael Green (Blade Runner sequel) wrote the script. Steve Asbell is overseeing for Fox.

“It is always thrilling for us to see the stellar casting that Agatha Christie film adaptations attract,” said James Prichard of Agatha Christie Ltd., who is executive producing with Hilary Strong.

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Movies, Peter Rabbit

VARIETY – Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have joined the cast of Sony’s live-action/animated hybrid “Peter Rabbit,” starring Rose Byrne and James Corden.

The film will be directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck. The adaptation will be made at Animal Logic, the Sydney-based animation and visual effects production studio behind the global blockbuster “The Lego Movie.”

Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as executive producer. Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive producers.

Corden will voice Peter and Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea.

With this film, Columbia and Frederick Warne will bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit to a new family audience. Warne has been Beatrix Potter’s publisher since its publication of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” in 1902, and is home to the Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter brands.

“We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures,” said Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK. “As custodians of Beatrix Potter’s brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment will create and execute a worldwide licensing and merchandising program for the new “Peter Rabbit,” in association with Warne.

Production on “Peter Rabbit” is due to commence in January 2017, and is set for worldwide release in April 2018. The film will be made with the support of the Australian Government through Screen Australia and Screen NSW, and in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. Lauren Abrahams will oversee the project for the studio.

After breaking out in “Star Wars: the Force Awakens,” Ridley has quickly begun building her resume. Besides the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” she’s also attached to star in the YA adaptation “Chaos Walking” at Lionsgate and the supernatural drama “Kolma” at Paramount, which reteams her with J.J. Abrams. She is also set to topline “The Lost Wife” for producer Robbie Brenner.

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Chaos Walking, Movies

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Star Wars: The Force Awaken star Daisy Ridley has signed on to star in Lionsgate’s YA adaptation Chaos Walking.

Doug Liman is directing the post-apocalyptic thriller, which takes place in a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise.

Lionsgate picked up the rights to Patrick Ness’ best-selling young-adult trilogy in 2011. Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) adapted the book, and Jamie Linden (Money Monster) penned a draft.

Doug Davison, who produced the Liman-directed Tom Cruise starrer Mena, is producing alongside Allison Shearmur (Rogue One, Cinderella).

Before Star Wars, Ridley was a relative unknown. Since starring in the Lucasfilm and Disney project, she’s booked several other films, including Ophelia with Naomi Watts and drama The Lost Wife. She also recently shot Star Wars: Episode VIII. She’s repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer.

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J.J. Abrams shares more The Force Awakens screen tests for Daisy Ridley and Jennifer Lawrence (Vanessa Bayer), Shia LaBeouf (Kyle Mooney), Matthew McConaughey, John Boyega, Emma Stone, Janelle Monae (Sasheer Zamata), Jon Hamm and more.

Movies, Ophelia

DEADLINE – Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are in final talks to star in Ophelia, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet through the eyes of the play’s famously doomed heroine. Covert Media has boarded to finance and handle international sales at Cannes.

In Shakespeare’s play, Ophelia is one of only two female characters along with that of Gertrude. She is gradually driven mad by Hamlet’s erratic behavior towards her, especially, as well as those around him. Unbeknownst to her, he also kills her father Polonius. Overcome by grief, Ophelia is later found drowned. It is not entirely clear in the play if she killed herself or simply suffered an accident. As per Gertrude’s poetic summation of her death, one of literature’s most evocative passages, Ophelia was “incapable of her own distress.”

The project is based on the award-winning novel by Lisa Klein, which Semi Chellas (Mad Men) has adapted. Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City) will direct. Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger (The Brothers Grimm) are producing. CAA packaged and arranged financing and will handle the domestic sale.

“Set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, Ophelia will put the titular character center stage. Sarah, Ehren and I have always treated this film like a jewel, since there’s something extra precious in bringing to life a treasured female icon, celebrated for centuries as an alluring figure in the shadows of Shakespeare’s most famous work, without ever really having her own story told,” said Bobker.

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Daisy Ridley (joined by a few friends) wishes fans a happy Star Wars Day and offers thanks for all the money raised through Star Wars: Force for Change. This marks your last chance to donate — and the chance to win a trip to Ireland and visit Skellig Michael, the iconic location of Rey’s fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

Movies, Role Rumors, The Lost Wife

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in the Holocaust drama The Lost Wife. The film was penned by Marc Klein (A Good Year, Serendipity).

The story centers on a young Jewish woman who is separated from her husband when the Germans invade Prague and uses her talents as an artist to survive until the couple is miraculously reunited decades later in America.

Robbie Brenner, whose passion project Dallas Buyers Club landed a best picture nomination, is producing Lost Wife.

Ridley, who became an in-demand star thanks to her turn as Rey in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is repped by CAA, which is packaging Lost Wife and putting together financing.

Ridley recently signed on to star in Marielle Heller’s Kolma, which Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams is producing for Paramount. She will reprise her role as Rey in the next Star Wars outing, Episode VIII, which will bow on Dec. 15, 2017. She also is narrating and executive producing the English-language version of the Sundance doc The Eagle Huntress.

The British actress is additionally repped by Sloane, Offer.

Klein is represented by UTA, Kaplan/Perrone and attorney Karl Austen.