A Star-studded Cast For ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ Revealed


Shutterstock © The Thursday Murder Club final casting line-up: Celia Imrie (Joyce), Pierce Brosnan (Ron), Helen Mirren (Elizabeth) and Ben Kingsley (Ibrahim).

Richard Osman has announced an all-star cast for the film adaption of his hit debut novel ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ and Celia Imrie is the last to join the line-up

The author and presenter revealed on The Rest Is Entertainment podcast that the final character to be cast in ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ film adaptation has been decided.

“Joyce is Celia Emrie, which I’m very excited about. She’s so mischievous,” he said.

Other big name actors such as Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan and Ben Kingsley will be playing the additional leads.

Famous director Chris Columbus – ‘Home Alone’, ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ and the first two ‘Harry Potter’ movies – is writing and directing the film, while Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment company is producing it.

Quite the line-up!


‘The Thursday Murder Club’ film leads

  • Helen Mirren – Elizabeth

  • Pierce Brosnan – Ron

  • Celia Imrie – Joyce

  • Ben Kingsley – Ibrahim

*we will be updating this casting list with any additional big name actors


This stellar cast will bring to life ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ book series

The ‘Pointless’ host’s debut novel ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ was an instant hit. In fact, it’s the fastest-selling adult crime debut ever.

Set in the fictional Kentish town of Fairhaven, the plot follows a group of friends solving murder mysteries from the comfort of their in a retirement home. What begins as a bit of fun, quickly turns into getting caught up in a real murder close to home.

Television Presenter Richard Osman is also a best-selling author. Credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Richard Osman shared the news and casting list on the latest episode of his podcast The Rest Is Entertainment. The presenter hosts this podcast bi-weekly alongside co-host and journalist Marina Hyde.

Osman said that production will begin “the end of June to September.”

The Thursday Murder Club book cover.

Richard Osman’s novel was so popular with publishers that it resulted in a 10-way bidding war before being sold to Penguin. ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ went on to sell around 45,000 copies in its first three days of release in 2020.

All this success was followed by a book series consisting of four novels, so far. This includes ‘The Man Who Died Twice’, ‘The Bullet That Missed’, and ‘The Last Devil to Die’. The series as a whole has sold more than 10 million copies globally.

Fans of the series are highly anticipating a fifth book, which is planned for publication next year.

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