Arterton on board for Christie adaptation

Arterton on board for Christie adaptation

Gemma Arterton has signed up to star in Agatha Christie's 'Crooked House'.

The British actress will join Julie Andrews, Matthew Goode and Gabriel Byrne in an all-star cast of 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 Gemma's character is a murderess or the next victim.

Although the book isn't one of Agatha's well-known works it was one of her personal favourites.

Neil - who directed the 2006 remake on 'The Wicker Man' - said: "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 around $20m (€14m), 'Crooked House' is set to begin filming in the UK this summer.

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