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Miss Marple's makeover as Jennifer (38) plays spinster

Jennifer Garner -- whose roles have included sexy superhero Elektra -- has been chosen to bring elderly spinster Miss Marple to the big screen.

Garner (38) will follow in the footsteps of stars such as Margaret Rutherford, Joan Hickson and Julia McKenzie in a curious bit of casting from movie bosses.

The Invention Of Lying actress will play a younger, more "contemporary" version of the Agatha Christie sleuth in a forthcoming Disney film, Garner will also produce the film after Disney acquired the movie rights after months of negotiations.

The classic character, who first appeared in 1927 in short story The Tuesday Night Club, has traditionally been portrayed as an elderly spinster who solves crimes when she is not gardening or knitting. Miss Marple made her movie debut in 1961 in Murder, She Said, portrayed by Rutherford. Others who have played her include Angela Lansbury in The Mirror Crack'd in 1980, based on the 1962 Christie novel. Actress and singer Gracie Fields also portrayed her on US TV.