Miss Marple Reboot Casts Jennifer Garner

Actress Jennifer Garner at a press conference ...

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Miss Marple.

Please tell me, for the sake of my sanity that when I give you a question like “Who’d you most like to portray Miss Marple in a major film” you don’t immediately think, “Jennifer Garner!”

Now this is not a post about Jennifer Garner; it’s about Miss Marple and why actresses like, oh I don’t know, off the top of my head, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, just to name a few, didn’t even get a chance because word is that “Disney has made a deal to revive the Agatha Christie mystery series staple character Miss Marple, but with one big difference: instead of the elderly spinster who lives in the English village of St. Mary Mead and solves mysteries as a hobby, the new configuration is for Mark Frost to script a version where Marple is in her 30s or 40s.”

Well then, I guess we should be glad we’re even getting a 40s option, no? Or couldn’t they have just acquired rights for Nancy Drew?

You know what, here’s a suggestion. Well alright then, she’s American and much younger now. Since they’ve opened that door, I’ll walk right through it. Why not cast a woman of color as Miss Marple? Arguments like staying true to the original source work don’t hold water anymore.

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