Film case study: Murder on the Orient Express

Official Movie Synopsis

“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 Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.”

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On the slate: Murder on the Orient Express

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Producers: Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon

Screenwriter: Michael Green

Release date: 3 November UK, 10 November 2017

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Five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh directs for 20th Century Fox a new feature film adaptation of Agatha Christie's acclaimed mystery Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh will also star as Hercule Poirot.

The all-star line up consists of: Michelle Pfeiffer (Mrs Hubbard), Judi Dench (Princess Dragomiroff), Johnny Depp (Ratchett), Derek Jacobi (Masterman), Josh Gad (MacQueen), Penelope Cruz (Pilar), Manuel Garcia Rulfo (Marquez), Olivia Colman (Hildegarde Schmidt), Daisy Ridley (Mary Debenham), Leslie Odom Jr (Dr Arbuthnot), Lucy Boynton (Countess Andrenyi), Sergei Polunin (Count Andrenyi), Tom Bateman (Bouc), and Marwan Kenzari (Michel).

Ridley Scott (The Martian), Simon Kinberg (The Martian, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs), Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood and Branagh produce the film. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) wrote the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. It revolves around a murder onboard the famous train, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case – but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer.

Branagh’s directing credits include the Oscar®-nominated Henry V, the blockbuster comicbook adaptation Thor and the recent global hit Cinderella.

James Prichard of Agatha Christie Productions executive produces.

A gloriously sumptuous visual feast
Radio Times