No evidence linking Hanks, ‘Miss Marple’

ITV turns to other A-listers to solve Christie mystery

LONDON — U.K. commercial web ITV1 has nixed local reports that Tom Hanks will star in its latest Agatha Christie “Miss Marple” drama, but hopes to persuade other A-list Hollywood names to sign up.

Hanks next stars in “The Da Vinci Code,” which starts shooting in late June at Shepperton Studios, Middlesex, where the period detective drama is being prepped.

But an ITV rep said stories of Hanks’ series participation are untrue, adding had reporters “looked more closely at the evidence, they’d have seen that Miss Marple’s finger of suspicion only briefly rested on Mr. Hanks and he has not actually been accused of anything.”

” ‘Miss Marple’ has, in fact, got her beady eye on a few of Mr. Hank’s contemporaries, although a good detective never reveals her hunches until the mystery is finally unraveled.”

The two-hour drama, part of a series of “Miss Marple” tales, stars Geraldine McEwan as the detective.

“Miss Marple” has already hooked an impressive array of British thesps, including Simon Callow, Jack Davenport, Joanna Lumley, Derek Jacobi, Jane Asher, Robert Powell, Amanda Holden, Griff Rhys-Jones, Zoe Wanamaker and Elaine Paige.

The producers hope to make a casting announcement for the new season next month.

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