‘Black Panther’ star Letitia Wright added to cast of Agatha Christie adaptation ‘Death on the Nile’

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“Black Panther” breakout star Letitia Wright has been cast in a key role of Fox’s adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie mystery “Death on the Nile.”

The Hollywood Reporter described it as the “first non-Marvel studio film” for the 25-year-old Brit since her scene-sealing turn as Princess Shuri in the critical and commercial smash “Black Panther.”

Wright is set to star alongside Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Kenneth Branagh, who again will direct following 2018’s “Murder on the Orient Express” while also reprising his role as the memorably mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

The African-American performer will play Rosalie Otterbourne, a lead suspect in the story, which follows Poirot as he attempts to unravel the murder of a young heiress while on vacation in Egypt. Argentine-British actor Olivia Hussey played the character in the 1978 Oscar-winning adaptation starring Peter Ustinov and Mia Farrow.

The film is scheduled to start filming at the end of September.

Aside from returning as Shuri in Marvel’s box-office juggernauts “Avengers: Infinity War” and the “Avengers: Endgame,” Wright has so far been selective about her film choices, telling The Hollywood Reporter last year that despite her newfound stardom, she didn’t want to “take everything just because it may have a big name or a big budget.”

Wright currently appears in Donald Glover’s Amazon short film “Guava Island” and co-starred in an episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror” in 2017.

Her other upcoming projects include the English-language remake of the French hit “Le Brio” and the sci-fi romance “Hold Back the Stars” alongside “Star Wars” star John Boyega, a fellow alumnus from London’s groundbreaking Identity School of Acting.

-BAM

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