2017’s star studded remake of Murder on the Orient Express was a huge hit earning $352m worldwide so turn now turns to another Agatha Christie’s mystery thriller. This time its Death on the Nile which Five-time Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh will return to direct and star as the flamboyantly moustachioed detective Hercule Poirot. As ever this will have another all star line up and the Death on the Nile cast will include Tom Bateman,(who reprises the role of Bouc from “Murder on the Orient Express), four-time Oscar® nominee Annette Bening, Ali Fazal (Victoria & Abdul) , Letitia Wright, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Russell Brand, Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French. It’s those last three of the Death on the Nile cast that we’ve found a surprise.
Production on the Twentieth Century Fox film has just begun with the film shooting at Longcross Studios outside London and on location in Egypt and will be released in October 2020. The screenplay for the film, adapted from Christie’s 1937 novel, is once again written by Michael Green with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh and Judy Hofflund returning as producers.
In “Death on the Nile,” Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths. This sinister tale of obsessive love and its murderous consequences plays out in an epic landscape of danger and foreboding, with enough shocking twists and turns to leave audiences unsettled and guessing until the final, shocking denouement.
“Crimes of passion are dangerously sexy,” says Kenneth Branagh. “Agatha Christie has written a riveting story of emotional chaos and violent criminality and Michael Green has once again written a screenplay to match. With a cherished group of long-time artistic collaborators and a brilliant international cast, it is truly a pleasure to join Disney, Fox and Agatha Christie, Ltd. in bringing this daring thriller to the big screen. There are significant new twists, an awe-inspiring desert landscape and a chance to celebrate big screen entertainment in glorious 65 millimetre celluloid!”
Watch Kenneth Branagh at the Murder on the Orient Express World premiere here…….