In the late 19th century, the long-distance train known as the Orient Express became renowned as a bastion of luxury and comfort, traveling from Paris to Eastern Europe and beyond. That made it a good setting for Agatha Christie’s mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express, first published in 1934, which revolved around famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and his on-board investigation of a dastardly crime.
The book was transformed into a wonderfully entertaining, artfully elegant mystery movie by director Sidney Lumet in 1974, featuring Albert Finney as the detective and an all-star cast as the suspects, including Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, Michael York and Ingrid Bergman, who won an Academy Award for her performance. In 2015, we heard about a new version that was underway and now the first trailer has arrived.
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Kenneth Branagh. Known for Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Disney’s Cinderella, he’s also directed multiple adaptations of classic Shakespeare plays, as well as a remake of mystery thriller Sleuth.
Michael Green; his credits include Logan, Alien: Covenant and the upcoming Blade Runner: 2049.
Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, Penelope Cruz (in the role that won Bergman an Oscar), Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley.
Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot probes the mystery of a murdered American tycoon aboard the legendary Orient Express as 20th Century Fox and producers Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon bring Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit back to the big screen.
One year after Christie’s book was originally published, the only documented murder on board the Orient Express took place; a woman was robbed, murdered and pushed off the train. In 1950, a passenger disappeared under mysterious circumstances, possibly involving espionage.
Fandango’s Alicia Malone rode on board the famed Venice Simplon Orient-Express and talked to Josh Gad about his role in the mystery thriller. Check it out: