The Sunday Post (Dundee)
Affleck to film Agatha adaptation
HOLLYWOOD actor Ben Affleck is preparing to direct and star in a big-screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s short story The Witness For The Prosecution.
The news comes just days after the BBC announced filming had begun on a two-part television version of the thriller, which will star Sex And The City actress Kim Cattrall and Dad’s Army actor Toby Jones.
Affleck is close to signing a deal for the adaptation of the 23-page story, which is set in 1920s London and starts with the murder of heiress Emily French.
The rival BBC version has been adapted by Sarah Phelps and will also star Bloodline actress Andrea Riseborough.
The murder mystery reunites the team behind And Then There Were None, which was watched by more than eight million people last Christmas.
The last film adaptation of the story was directed by Billy Wilder in 1957 and starred Marlene Dietrich.