2021 Jun 10

Lucy to Star in “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”

Will Poulter & Lucy Boynton Star In Hugh Laurie’s Adaptation Of Agatha Christie’s ‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’ For BritBox U.S.

DEADLINEThe Revenant star Will Poulter and Bohemian Rhapsody’s Lucy Boynton are to lead the cast of Hugh Laurie’s three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?.

Deadline revealed that The Night Manager and House star was behind the adaptation in April and the series is starting production this week.

Based on the 1934 Agatha Christie novel, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? follows the local Vicar’s son, Bobby Jones (Poulter), and his whip-smart friend, socialite Lady Frances “Frankie” Derwent (Boynton) on their crime-solving adventure after they discover the crumpled body of a dying man who, with his last breath, gasps the cryptic question of the title. Armed only with a photograph of a beautiful young woman found in the dead man’s pocket, these amateur detectives pursue, and are pursued by, the answer to the mystery.

The series is commissioned by BritBox North America and produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited.

Laurie, who will direct, will also play Dr. James Nicholson, the Clinical Director of the sanatorium near Merroway Court.

Exec producers include Emily Powers, Gina Cronk, Jonathan Karas, Damien Timmer, Helen Ziegler and James Prichard with Claire Jones producing.

Endeavor Content will handle international sales outside of the UK, Ireland and the Americas.

“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.

“I’m so thrilled to be working with Hugh and Will, and on this story from one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to get started,” added Boynton.