He sports a small grey moustache and goatee

A first-look image of John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot has been released – and the trademark moustache is gone.

The Hollywood star, 64, has signed up to play the detective in a new BBC1 Agatha Christie drama, and a snap of John in the role shows him with a small grey moustache and goatee.

John was photographed on location in North Yorkshire during filming of the three-part adaptation of The ABC Murders, Christie’s 1936 classic.

David Suchet previously played the detective (Ian West/PA)
David Suchet previously played the detective (Ian West/PA)

David Suchet previously played the Belgian sleuth for 25 years in the ITV series, making his final appearance in Curtain.

The BBC drama will be set in the 1930s, when Poirot faces a serial killer known only as ABC and his investigations are “thwarted at every turn by an enemy determined to outsmart him”.