The first trailer has arrived for Murder on the Orient Express, the new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery novel. Published back in 1934, Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express revolves around the author’s famous Belgian detective character Hercule Poirot. The crime-solver Poirot has previously been brought to life on the big screen by a handful of actors, including Albert Finney in an Oscar-nominated performance from director Sidney Lumet’s 1974 Murder on the Orient Express film adaptation.
Kenneth Branagh is both directing and playing Poirot in the 2017 movie version of Murder on the Orient Express, drawing from an adapted script that was written by Michael Green (who also co-wrote this year’s films Logan and Alien: Covenant, in addition to co-creating the Starz TV series American Gods). Following the release of the first images of Branagh as Hercule Poirot – giant silver mustache and all – this Murder on the Orient Express teaser offers an even better idea of what to expect from the filmmaker’s own interpretation of Christie’s somewhat-eccentric sleuth creation.
20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express trailer (which will be attached to select prints on Wonder Woman in theaters, starting this weekend) offers a nice sample of the movie’s general aesthetic and atmosphere, in addition to a quick outline of the story. For those unfamiliar, Murder on the Orient Express revolves around thirteen passengers who are enjoying a lavish train ride across Europe in the 1930s, when one of them is murdered and the eponymous train itself is stranded in a terrible winter storm. Thus, it falls upon Mr. Poirot to determine who the guilty party is and bring them to justice, before the killer strikes once again.
As one would expect given the prestigious source material and Branagh’s involvement, Murder on the Orient Express features a star-studded cast that includes both seasoned A-listers and up-and-comers. That acting roster, as Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express poster proudly boasts, includes Oscar-winners Penélope Cruz and Judi Dench; Oscar-nominees Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe and Johnny Depp; Broadway stars-turned popular movie actors Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton); respected character actors Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (The Magnificent Seven) and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch); and none other than Star Wars lead Rey herself, Daisy Ridley.
Branagh the director’s classic literary adaptations – including, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Cinderella (2015) and too many William Shakespeare movies to recount here – tend to favor a theatrical storytelling style, from the tone and set pieces to the costume designs and even the scene-to-scene transitions. So much should also hold with Murder on the Orient Express, judging by the poster and trailer for this movie alone. Those who are longtime fans of Lumet’s 1974 take on Agatha Christie’s mystery tale have fair reason to be wary of this new adaptation, but hopefully Branagh’s film will prove those concerns wrong at the same time that it wins over those who are mostly new to Christie’s literature (as well as the colorful Poirot character).
Source: 20th Century Fox