A new promotional banner for Murder on the Orient Express offers a few tantalizing clues for moviegoers hoping to begin unraveling the film's mystery before its theatrical release this November. Based on the original detective novel written and published by Agatha Christie in 1934, this big screen adaptation is directed by Kenneth Branagh (who appeared in Dunkirk over the summer) and written by Michael Green (co-creator of American Gods).
Featuring an all-star cast of Hollywood talent that is led by Branagh and includes Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Judi Dench (Skyfall), Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast), Michelle Pfeiffer (mother!), Willem Dafoe (Death Note) and Penélope Cruz (American Crime Story), Murder on the Orient Express is sure to please fans of the iconic Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot (played by Branagh in the film). Following the release of an official poster and the first trailer for the movie comes the aforementioned clue-riddled banner for this take on Christie's classic whodunnit.
For those hoping to glean a little more information about the central murder mystery that serves as the centralizing narrative premise of Murder on the Orient Express, the new movie banner (see below) holds a few clues. And for those moviegoers hoping to delve a little deeper into the background of the thirteen suspects soon to be featured in the film proper, the tie-in website CluesAreEverywhere.com may be able to offer some assistance.
Serving as the second theatrically-released film based on the original Christie novel - with the first being the 1974 classic that stars Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot - longtime fans of Murder on the Orient Express will soon have the chance to revisit the classic murder mystery on the big screen. To date, the property has been adapted multiple times over on film, TV, the radio, and even as a point and click adventure game at one point, thus further illustrating the continuing longevity of its compelling story.
Branagh is no stranger to adapting classic works of literature into well-regarded films - and with Murder on the Orient Express he is continuing in that tradition. Following on the heels of his well-received supporting performance in Christopher Nolan's WWII drama/thriller Dunkirk over the summer, Branagh appears to be in a good position to end his year on a strong note with his latest directorial effort, too.
Source: 20th Century Fox
- Murder on the Orient Express (2017) release date: Nov 10, 2017