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Garner turns detective with Marple

Jennifer Garner is to bring Miss Marple to life on the big screen.

The Invention Of Lying actress will play the younger and "contemporary" version of Agatha Christie's super-sleuth in a forthcoming Disney film, which she will also produce, said the Hollywood Reporter.

Following months of negotiations, the studio has nabbed the movie rights to the classic character, who first appeared in 1927.

Marple - an elderly spinster who solves crimes when she's not gardening or knitting - made her first appearance in the 1927 short story The Tuesday Night Club and made her big screen debut in 1961 in Murder, She Said, where she was portrayed by Margaret Rutherford.

Angela Lansbury later made a turn as the unassuming detective in The Mirror Crack'd in 1980, based on Agatha's 1962 novel.

Other actresses who have played Miss Marple on the small screen include British starlets Gracie Fields, Joan Hickson in the BBC series, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie in the ITV series.

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