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Max Irons: New Agatha Christie film Crooked House will be special

Max Irons says he “can’t wait to get started” on an A-list adaptation of a lesser-known Agatha Christie story.

The actor will join Terence Stamp, Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks and Gillian Anderson in and around London this month to film the first screen version of Crooked House.

The story, published in 1949, is about a young man, Charles Hayward, who must solve a murder case in which nobody is above suspicion.

Irons, 30, right, who starred in historical TV drama The White Queen and 2014’s The Riot Club, plays Hayward. He told the Standard: “Crooked House was apparently one of Christie’s favourites and you can see why. We’ve got a great international crew, who want to come at it from a fresh perspective, and an incredible cast. I think it’s going to be something special and I can’t wait to get started.”

The film is co-written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. Producer Joseph Abrams said filmmakers have often focused on Christie’s great detectives, Poirot and Miss Marple, but Crooked House “has all the great Christie plotting”.