A classic tale gets a Japanese adaptation for TV.
It was announced that Arashi‘s Ninomiya Kazunari will star in Fuji TV’s drama special, “Murder on the Orient Express“, which will be shown for two consecutive nights in New Year 2015.
The said special drama is based from the bestselling novel of the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie, which was published in 1934. Mitani Koki will worked on the script for the Japanese adaptation that will be set in early Showa era in contrast to the original setting in London. “Murder on the Orient Express” is about a murder that occurred while on a luxury sleeper train called Orient Express. The first night of the drama SP will be faithful to the original while the second night will be reconstructed from the murderer’s point of view.
Kyogen actor Nomura Mansai will play the role of the famous detective Suguro Takeru (Hercule Poirot in original) while Ninomiya will play the role of victim’s head secretary named Makuuchi Heita (Hector McQueen in original). It will be Ninomiya’s first time to work with Mitani and he was surprise to be chosen. Mitani commented that he saw Ninomiya’s works in the past and thinks that he’s good.
Joining the rest of the cast, are: Matsushima Nanako, Anne, Sawamura Ikki, Tamaki Hiroshi, Sasano Takashi, Nishida Toshiyuki, Ikematsu Sosuke, Yagi Akiko, Aoki Sayaka, Fujimoto Takahiro, Fuji Sumiko, Kobayashi Takashi, and Kusabue Mitsuko.
I haven’t read any of Christie’s works but I might as well read this one. BTW, I had some problems with the Kanji used for Nomura’s character so I just followed the Nikkan Sports hiragana translation of Nomura’s character.