Reading the Screen: Miss Marple reboot?

Okay, so we all know what Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s spinster amateur sleuth, looks like. She looks like this:

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Or maybe this:

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But certainly not this:

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That’s Jennifer Garner, star of TV’s excellent Alias and several not terribly good movies. According to some reports (like this one at deadline.com), she may be starring in a “reboot” of the Marple stories, as a younger version of the character.

Let’s leave aside the potential for disaster inherent in tinkering with such a beloved character, and pretend, just for the sake of argument, that cutting Miss Marple’s age roughly in half is a good idea. Is Jennifer Garner the right person to play her?

What do you think?

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  1. writestartled@gmail.com' Kathleen says:

    You mean she’s not playing Nancy Drew?! Why bother with a reboot–try one of the many delightful cozy mystery female protagonists instead.

  2. Keir says:

    This is just one man’s opinion, but I don’t think Jennifer Garner is the right person to play Jennifer Garner.

  3. bookman@eastlink.ca' david pitt says:

    I should perhaps have pointed out that this isn’t necessarily a “done deal” — reaction to the initial announcement was pretty vocal, apparently.

    I’d actually buy Garner as a grown-up Nancy Drew…that has possibilities. And I did like her in Alias.

  4. mistressolumna@hotmail.com' A.Spangler says:

    They didn’t say if they were going to re-hash the same stories or not. This might be fun if they were to do a prequel – the young Miss Marple – and answer questions like why was never married and so on. I’d love to see a period peice with a young, self assured woman who is beginning to develope the powers of obsurvation that make the stories Agatha Christie wrote so interesting and timeless.

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