Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is among the English writer’s most acclaimed novels. Published in 1934, it sees master detective Hercule Poirot traveling to London, after a pit stop in Istanbul (by way of Aleppo no less), on the Simplon-Orient Express, where he meets Mr. Samuel Ratchett, a malevolent American who fears for his life. A day later and the train is caught in the snow, and when one of the passengers is discovered murdered, it’s up to Poirot to solve the crime.
The most famous adaptation of the Christie novel is Sidney Lumet’s 1974 film version, starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, and Ingrid Bergman (who won her third Oscar for her performance as nursemaid Greta). Now comes another big-budget, all-star production, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and today it gets its first trailer from 20th Century Fox. From the official description of the film:
What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.
See below for the film’s theatrical trailer:
And see below for the film’s theatrical poster:
20th Century Fox will release Murder on the Orient Express on November 10.