London: Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton has signed up to join Julie Andrews, Matthew Goode and Gabriel Byrne in a big-screen adaptation of Agatha Christie`s `Crooked House`.
The British actress will star in Neil LaBute`s adaptation of the murder mystery, rewritten for screen by `Downton Abbey` creator Julian Fellowes and Tim Rose Price,
The film will feature a crime scene set against the backdrop of three generations of a family who live together in a large, seemingly crooked house.
All members of the family, who each have their own eccentricities, become suspects when their multimillionaire relative is killed and a detective must determine whether
Arterton`s character is a murderess or the next victim.
Although the book isn`t one of Christie`s well-known works it was one of her personal favourites.
LaBute, who directed the 2006 remake on `The Wicker Man`, said, "The story has a couple of fresh sides to it that I didn`t remember from Christie`s work.
"There`s a love story, which didn`t feature strongly in many of her books, so that seemed very different to me and fresh. Plus it`s quite morally ambiguous, which also appealed to me."
Budgeted at around 20 million pounds, `Crooked House` is set to begin filming in the UK this summer.