Legendary detective Hercule Poirot is on the case, and everyone is a suspect, in the new trailer for Murder on the Orient Express. Kenneth Branagh pulls double-duty as star and director for this stylish adaptation of Agatha Christie’s durable 1934 murder-mystery best-seller. The script is by Logan and American Gods writer Michael Green.
Murder on the Orient Express begins with the killing of a wealthy American traveling on the famed title train as it speeds through the snowy mountains of the Balkans. Famed detective Hercule Poirot, who happens to be on the same train, learns about the murder and immediately begins investigating the crime. A snowstorm causes the train to get bogged down in a mountain pass, giving Poirot plenty of time to question the array of oddball train passengers and discover that all of them seem to be hiding something.
The second trailer for Murder on the Orient Express (see above) has been released by 20th Century Fox (the first trailer dropped online back in June). The clip very efficiently sets up the movie’s basic situation: We’re on a train traveling through exotic locales, the train is filled with eccentric characters (many of whom sport elaborate facial hair), some one is murdered and luckily (or unluckily for the murderer) the world’s greatest detective just happens to be on on-board.
The all-star cast is a major selling point for Orient Express, and the trailer goes to great pains to remind us of all the famous names who happen to be involved in the movie while briefly sketching their characters. Johnny Depp gets a central role in the trailer, exchanging dialogue in a tough-guy gangster accent with Branagh’s Poirot. Branagh himself gets to try on a broad Belgian accent along with his stupendous mustache.
Michelle Pfeiffer, fresh off her unnerving spiked-lemonade-fueled turn in Darren Aronofsky’s much-discussed mother!, appears here as a naughty widow who knows what it feels like to have a man in her room. Daisy Ridley, who is set to appear in that Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie everyone seems so excited about, plays a spunky young governess. And of course it wouldn’t be a lavish, classy period picture based on a classic novel without Judi Dench, who strides regally into the trailer as a princess draped in furs, dripping with jewels and trailed by a nervous-looking maid.
The trailer notably stays away from emphasizing the Agatha Christie source material, instead selling the performances and the detective-thriller angle while sprinkling in some action shots (that don’t necessarily scream “Agatha Christie,” but this is a 2017 wide-audience film after all). The jam-packed Murder on the Orient Express cast also includes Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael Pena, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Lucy Boynton and Derek Jacobi.
Source: 20th Century Fox
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