Lucy Boynton (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Will Poulter (“The Revenant”) are set to star in Hugh Laurie’s adaptation of “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”, one of Agatha Christie’s earliest murder mystery novels.
Laurie (“House”) is set to direct and act in the three-part series for BritBox North America, in which he plays the creepy Dr. James Nicholson, a clinical director of a sanatorium.
Christie published “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”, which follows Bobby (Poulter) and shrewd socialite Lady Frances (Boynton) as they untangle a murder mystery, in 1934. In classic Christie fashion, there are plenty of twists and turns until the perpetrator is finally unmasked.
“I’m so thrilled to be working with Hugh and Will, and on this story from one of my favourite authors,” said Boynton. “I can’t wait to get started.” She won’t have to wait long with production kicking off this week.
“I’m deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to co-lead this project with Lucy and the chance to bring Agatha Christie’s thrilling story to life under Hugh’s direction,” said Poulter.
The duo are joined by a stellar cast including Maeve Dermody (“The Secret Garden”), Conleth Hill (“Game of Thrones”), Daniel Ings (“I Hate Suzie”) and Jonathan Jules (“Small Axe”).
Appearing alongside them in the mini-series are Miles Jupp (“The Durrells”), Amy Nuttall (“Downton Abbey”), Alistair Petrie (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) and Paul Whitehouse (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”).
Morwenna Banks (“Skins”) and Joshua James (“Black Mirror”) are also set to appear.
The mini-series was commissioned by BritBox North America and produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited.
It is executive produced by Emily Powers, Gina Cronk and Jonathan Karas for BritBox North America and produced by Claire Jones for Mammoth Screen, alongside executive producers Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler. Agatha Christie Limited’s James Prichard will also produce.
Endeavor Content are handling international sales outside of the U.K., Ireland and the Americas.