Stephanie Leonidas, who is currently a series regular on Syfy’s recently renewed drama series Defiance, has joined the cast of Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Dead Man’s Folly, the final episode to be produced in ITV’s Poirot series.
Leonidas is one of a number of guest stars set to appear in the drama. Also cast in Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Dead Man’s Folly is Sean Pertwee (Luther), Sinead Cusack (V for Vendetta), Tom Ellis (Miranda), Martin Jarvis (Titanic) and Sam Kelly (Allo Allo). Zoë Wanamaker will also reprise her role as Poirot’s unwitting sidekick Ariadne Oliver. Though the final movie to go into production, the final episode to be broadcast will be Curtain: Poirot’s Final Case which, as TVWise previously reported, counts BAFTA nominee Helen Baxendale amongst its cast.
An adaptation of the Christie story which was first publish in 1956, Dead Man’s Folly follows Poirot who has been summoned by friend Ariadne Oliver to Nasse House in Devon to help solve a murder before its taken place. Commissioned to stage a fictional murder hunt at the Nasse House fete, Ariadne confesses to her friend that mysterious forces are influencing the hunt. She feel’s there is going to be a murder but has no shred of evidence that this is the case or who the victim will be. A reluctant Poirot sets to work, but with no clues and just Ariadne’s intuition that evil forces are at play, he simply observes all those around him including Sir George Stubbs, owner of Nasse House, his childlike wife Hattie, and the former owner of Nasse, Mrs Folliat. On the day of the fête, fiction and reality collide when Ariadne’s ‘murder victim’ Marlene becomes an actual murder victim and Hattie Stubbs mysteriously vanishes after receiving a note announcing a visit from her cousin, Etienne De Souza, who she described as a killer. A perplexed Poirot attempts to unravel the lies and deceits at play in the seemingly beautiful surroundings of Nasse. The drama is co-produced by ITV Studios and Agatha Christie Ltd with Michele Buck, Damien Timmer, Karen Thrussell and Hilary Strong serving as executive producers. Tom Vaughan is directing.