First look–Kenneth Branagh and all-star cast bring Christie’s Poirot back to the big screen

The first Agatha Christie novel I ever read was the timeless classic, Murder on the Orient Express, featuring the Belgian genius Hercule Poirot. With a cast led by actor/direction Kenneth Branagh, Hollywood once again brings the iconic tale to the big screen.

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Everyone is a suspect.  The clues are everywhere.  For mystery lovers, it’s a staple.  It’s Agatha Christie’s most well-known 1934 novel come to life, Murder on the Orient Express, the fourth major production for film or television of the classic whodunit in the English language–the 1974 Academy Award winning Sidney Lumet film being the best known.  For the older generation the story is known, but for a new generation the stage is set for a big screen version of Clue/Cluedo.  As with the 1974 version, the cast of the 2017 version is extraordinary.

So how do you cast a film against the last generation of film greats?  Leading a bevy of thespian knights and dames, Sir Kenneth Branagh both directs and stars as master detective Hercule Poirot, the world’s greatest detective, played previously by Albert Finney (who refused a knighthood in the year 2000).  Sir Derek Jacobi plays the butler Edward Henry Masterman…

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2 thoughts on “First look–Kenneth Branagh and all-star cast bring Christie’s Poirot back to the big screen

  1. I haven’t read the book but it sounds like you’re a big fan of it and will be waiting for the movie 🙂 Great when a new film comes out that catches the eye. I just saw Wonder Women last night and it was sensational.

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    1. Yes, I discovered Agatha Christie when I was a teenager, and though I’ve never managed to read them all, I’ve loved everyone I’ve got my hands on. I’ve even seen some of the older versions of the movies made from her books, and I can’t wait to see how the amazing cast they have lined up does with this new version.

      I’m glad you liked Wonder Woman. I’m so happy they finally got it made after so many false starts, and I’m glad that D.C. finally has a real contender in the superhero movie craze.

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