Cast for a remake of Murder on the Orient Express.

The modern dream cast for one of my favorite movies, with one of my favorite acting ensembles, is indeed, a fun project, and a joy to put together. Just for fun, here is the modern cast of Murder on the Orient Express (2011).
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Paul Giamatti
Actor, Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor, Sideways, and Barney's Version (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, and San Andreas...
“ As Hercule Poirot. It takes an actor with extraordinary acting chops to come close to the fabulous performance of the wonderful Albert Finney as Poirot. I give you Paul Giamatti, one of the few equal to the task. ” - John Jacoby
 
2.
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, New York, to Lenora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, a television producer and advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention...
“ As Mrs. Hubbard. To add to her amazing list of characters, Ms.
Sarandon is born to play the loquacious Mrs. Hubbard. ” - John Jacoby
 
3.
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ As Col. Arbothnot. It takes the stature of a Liam Neeson to play the role owned by the incomparable Sean Connery. ” - John Jacoby
 
4.
Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ As Princess Dragomiroff. Again, matching the fabulous performance of the wonderful Wendy Hiller, takes the talents of the fabulous
Judi Dench. ” - John Jacoby
 
5.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ As Mr. McQueen. Joseph is perfect in the Anthony Perkins role of
the insecure secretary ” - John Jacoby
 
6.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ As Greta, the missionary, the Oscar winning role played by Ingrid Bergman. Who else but the wonderful Meryl Streep can own the role of the timid missionary taking care of little brown babies. ” - John Jacoby
 
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Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ As Beddoes. The role of the man servant to Mr. Ratchett, played to
perfection by the legendary John Gielgud. Anthony Hopkins is perfect
for this role. ” - John Jacoby
 
8.
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ As Ms. Debenham. In the role of the lover with the British colonel,
ably played by the wonderful Vanessa Redgrave, Cate is bulls eye perfect for this part. ” - John Jacoby
 
9.
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ As Pierre. The conductor on the Orient Express, orignally played
by Jean Pierre Cassel. ” - John Jacoby
 
10.
Glenn Close
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ As Hildegard. The Rachel Roberts role. ” - John Jacoby
 
11.
James McAvoy
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 7. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill...
“ As Count Andreyni. The Michael York part. ” - John Jacoby
 
12.
Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
“ As Countess Andreyni. The Jackie Bisset part. Wife of the Count. ” - John Jacoby
 
13.
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
“ As Ratchett/Casetti. The Richard Widmark part. ” - John Jacoby
 
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“ As Hardman. The Colin Blakely part. ” - John Jacoby
 
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Giovanni Ribisi
Actor, Avatar
Antonino Giovanni Ribisi is an American actor who was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents both have careers in the entertainment industry. His mother, Gay Ribisi (née Landrum), is a talent manager for actors and writers, and his father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician. He has a twin sister...
“ As Bianchi. The Martin Balsam part, friend to Poirot, and director of the line. ” - John Jacoby
 
16.
John Turturro
Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles. Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine, a jazz singer...
“ As Foscarelli. The Dennis Quilley part. ” - John Jacoby
 
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Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn was born on April 25, 1947 in Buffalo, New York. He studied in England at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, then returned to America and was a member of the National Shakespeare Company. He has starred in many theatre productions, both on and off Broadway, including "K2" (for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor), "Spoils of War" and "Comedians"...
“ As The Doctor. The George Coulouris part. ” - John Jacoby