Murder On The Orient Express is arguably the most successful and lavish adaptation of any of Agatha Christie’s books. The star-studded 1974 movie was a commercial and critical success, earning six Academy Award nominations along the way. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood developed a big-budget remake of the Sidney Lumet-directed film.
In the original, Albert Finney played a Belgian detective, asked to investigate the murder of an American business tycoon aboard the Orient Express train. The suspects were portrayed by an all-star cast, including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins and Wendy Hiller. The 2017 feature, being directed by Kenneth Branagh, will also boast plenty of marquee names.
“I’m honored to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience.” He adds, “Christie’s [‘Murder on the Orient Express’] is mysterious, compelling and unsettling.”
Johnny Depp, who headlines the cast, won’t be in the film for very long. He’s playing the victim, Rachett. Joining him in the remake are Leslie Odom Jr. as Doctor Arbuthnott, Tom Bateman as French passenger Bouc, Michelle Pfeiffer as the glamorous and secretive Mrs. Hubbard, Daisy Ridley as the working class Mary Debenham, who’s in love with Arbuthnott, Judi Dench as Princess Dragomiroff, a Russian royal, Michael Pena as Cuban passenger Marquez and Branagh as detective Hercule Poirot.
Angelina Jolie was reportedly on board, but abandoned the project in August. Rumors swirled that Charlize Theron was being wooed to take her place. I have a feeling the part that these two ladies were considered for went to Pfeiffer. Love her, but I hope Theron is still involved somehow. Love that woman.
Murder on the Orient Express is slated to arrive in theaters on November 22, 2017.