A New Wrinkle In The Miss Marple Story
It was obviously, really. Sherlock Holmes has recently been turned into a virtually teenaged TV heart-throb and we had a ludicrous Henry VIII in the form of Jonathan Rhys-Myers, so it makes sense for Hollywood to recast the venerable Miss Marple, who solves crimes through her great experience of village life, to be played by Jennifer Garner. That’s what Disney has in store for us.
One of the running gags in Christie’s novels is how an invisible old lady manages to insinuate herself into the lives of those who overlook her at their peril. Indeed, this is the unique selling point of Marple – the old are discounted, but they are in fact most dangerous. How Garner manages to cope with this will be – I was going to say interesting, but it won’t be. Paradoxically, the idea of a series of books in which an ignored old lady triumphs is now reversed, so that the old lady is once more ignored.