Michelle Pfeiffer is joining forces with husband David E Kelley in a version of Agatha Christie's WITNESS FOR THE PROTECTION.

The OSCAR-nominated actress, 45, will take on the role of CHRISTINE HELM VOLE in the classic courtroom drama - in a screenplay written by Ally Mcbeal creator Kelley.

The original screen version - directed by Billy Wilder in 1957 - starred Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich.

Christie's grandson MATHEW PRITCHARD enthuses, "The role of Christine was written for someone like Michelle Pfeiffer.

"She'd be perfect in it. She's gorgeous, sultry and superbly talented.

"Would my grandmother approve? Definitely, it'll be one of the biggest films ever based on an Agatha Christie work."

31/03/2004 17:02