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03/29/2011 at 12:40 PM EDT

Jennifer Garner to Play Miss Marple
Jennifer Garner
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At long last – Jennifer Garner is ready to put those gravity-defying crime-fighting skills from Alias back to use, this time in Disney's update of Miss Marple.

The actress – next seen opposite Russell Brand in April 8's Arthur – will co-produce the potential franchise, according to

The character is based on Agatha Christie's famed Miss Marple, a wee old English spinster whose hobbies are sipping tea and deftly cracking criminal cases. (She was most famously portrayed by Margaret Rutherford in the '60s and in the '80s by a pre-Murder She Wrote Angela Lansbury.)

Garner's Marple, however, comes with a key update: the character will better befit its fetching lead actress: She'll be a younger gumshoe with, presumably, better wardrobe and a lot more sex appeal.

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