First Photos of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Show Star-Studded Affair
Agatha Christie’s most famous murder mystery Murder on the Orient Express is coming to theaters later this year, in an adaptation by Irish actor/director Kenneth Branagh. Now, fans of the Queen of Crime can rejoice at the first set of on set photos that have hit the Internet from the ongoing production.
And, oh, what a production. First we have Branagh himself as the famed Belgian detective with the little grey cells, Hercule Poirot. The first thing a fan of the character and of past adaptations may notice is that Poirot’s mustaches seem much larger and greyer than we are accustomed to seeing from, say, Albert Finney in the 1974 adaptation of the all-time classic.
The pictures also reveal Johnny Depp as the (spoilers) likely ill-fated Edward Ratchett, and Daisy Ridley and Leslie Odom Jr. as star-crossed lovers Mary Debenham and Doctor (formerly Colonel) Arbuthnot. But the star-studded cast does not end there. The pictures also show Judi Dench as the old Russian Princess Dragomiroff, Josh Gad as the mysterious valet Hector MacQueen, and Michelle Pfeiffer as the reclusive Mrs. Hubbard. Other players include Manuel Garcia Rulfo as Biniamino Marquez and Olivia Colmon as Hildegarde Schmidt.
Branagh and his collection of stars aren’t out of the woods yet. The film alone has a high bar to live up to, as the 1974 version received several Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture, and featured talent as impressive as Sean Connery, Jacqueline Bisset, and Ingrid Berman. Large shoes to fill indeed.
Moreover, what remains to be seen is how much tinkering this adaptation will do and whether it will cause any violence to Christie’s finely tuned original. Already fans of Christie now that Penelope Cruz’s and Garcia Rulfo’s characters are not in the novel, likely taking the place of the Swedish lady Greta Ohlsson and as the French wagon-lit conductor. But will the attempt to diversify alter the plausibility of the plot? After all, the story is supposed to center around the European cast of characters mysteriously assembled on an ill-fated voyage across the continent in the 1930s. I suppose the substitution of a Swedish maid for a Spanish one is innocent enough.
Many questions remain to be answered as we anxiously await the trailer for this one, but for now take a look at the pictures here, which show the high-production values that we will expect to see from this period mystery piece come the fall.
Murder on the Orient Express, by 20th Century Fox, opens November 10, 2017.
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