Jennifer Garner to play a young Miss Marple for Disney
But, fear not, Garner will not be required to age herself for the role ala "Nanny McPhee." Instead, the new movies will chronicle a younger Jane Marple in her '30s or '40s. A Marple who is totally hot, yet still ends up a spinster?
Will a younger Marple play? Part of the charm of the character is that a woman who is usually dismissed as a feeble-minded spinster is actually hiding a razor sharp intelligence and taking in every detail while seemingly fussing over tea cozies and scones.
The BBC did a smashing job of re-working Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" into an updated miniseries last year, setting the action in current-day London with Watson a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and Holmes a high-functioning, benevolent sociopath. It totally worked, but it was also totally edgy.
Disney is behind all the "Miss Marple" fuss. So will Christie's prim spinster be re-geared as a kid-friendly franchise or will it remain true to the spirit -- if not the letter -- of the books?