Siddig To Tackle Agatha Christie

By Michelle
August 2, 2005 - 8:02 PM

Alexander Siddig will star in the new Poirot telefilm Cards on the Table, playing a colorful socialite with a shady past.

"It's part of a series of films in fact called 'Poirot' with David Suchet, who stars as an unflappable detective confounding the criminal masterminds of the 1930s," said Deep Space Nine's Dr. Bashir to his official web site, Sid City. "Should be a lot of fun. The script is certainly very good period drama. Mine is a real break from my normal roles and I look forward to the performance."

The Wikipedia has a spoiler-filled description of the plot of the story, based on the 1936 detective novel by Agatha Christie. Sid City summarised another plot description:

Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Poirot that he considered murder an art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection. Indeed, what began as an absorbing evening of bridge was to turn into a more dangerous game altogether.

Cards on the Table will be the second of ITV's four new Poirot films, whose air dates have not been announced.

There is, however, now a release date for Siddig's Syriana, which stars George Clooney and Matt Damon and tells the story of mistakes made by the CIA at the end of the Cold War. Sid City reports that the film will open in select cities on November 23rd and across North America on December 9th.

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