Murder on the Orient Express - 2017 Film

Murder on the Orient Express - 2017 Film
Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 mystery film directed by Kenneth Branagh. The screenplay by Michael Green is based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. The film stars Branagh as Hercule Poirot, with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley in supporting roles. The film is the fourth adaptation of Christie's novel, following a 1974 film, a 2001 TV film, and a 2010 episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot.
The film had its world premiere on November 2, 2017 at Royal Albert Hall in London and It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2017 and in the United States on November 10, 2017 by 20th Century Fox.
Murder on the Orient Express Synopsis
In the 1930s Europe, famed detective Hercule Poirot boards the legendary Orient Express for a small break in between cases. While on board, he meets an interesting assortment of characters. One fellow passenger, Samuel Ratchett, implores Mr. Poirot to be his personal bodyguard while on the train as he fears for his well-being, though Poirot respectfully declines. The next morning, Ratchett is found stabbed to death. With the train halted due to snow build up on the tracks, and with the evidence and suspects piling up, Poirot finds himself diving into a case that could be his biggest yet.
Murder on the Orient Express Cast
  • Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot
  • Penélope Cruz as Pilar Estravados
  • Willem Dafoe as Gerhard Hardman
  • Judi Dench as Princess Dragomiroff
  • Johnny Depp as Samuel Ratchett
  • Josh Gad as Hector MacQueen
  • Derek Jacobi as Edward Masterman
  • Leslie Odom Jr. as Dr. Arbuthnot
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Mrs. Hubbard
  • Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham
  • Marwan Kenzari as Pierre Michel
  • Olivia Colman as Hildegarde Schmidt
  • Lucy Boynton as Countess Andrenyi
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Biniamino Marquez
  • Sergei Polunin as Count Andrenyi
  • Tom Bateman as Bouc
  • Miranda Raison as Sonia Armstrong
Murder on the Orient Express Production
20th Century Fox announced the project in December 2013. On June 16, 2015, Fox hired director Kenneth Branagh to direct a new film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. On November 20, 2015, it was revealed that Branagh would also star in the film to play the role of detective Hercule Poirot.
Michael Green wrote the script. On June 10, 2016, it was reported that Angelina Jolie was in early talks to star in the film, which Variety reported on August 4, that she would not sign on to star, while the studio was looking for other actresses like Charlize Theron. On August 17, Variety reported that Leslie Odom Jr. was in talks to join the cast in an unspecified role. 
On September 6, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Tom Bateman had joined the cast as Bouc. On September 29, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Michael Peña, Derek Jacobi, and Lucy Boynton were added to the cast. On October 20, Josh Gad was cast in the film to play Hector MacQueen. On October 27, Marwan Kenzari joined the cast as the French conductor of the train.
On November 11, Penélope Cruz joined the cast in an unspecified role, later revealed to be Pilar Estravados (a Hispanic version of the novel's Swedish Greta Ohlsson, borrowing the name of a character in Hercule Poirot's Christmas). On December 5, Sergei Polunin joined the cast in an undisclosed role, later revealed to be the Count Andrenyi.
 On January 5, 2017, Willem Dafoe joined the cast of the film as an undercover detective. On January 9, Olivia Colman revealed that she had been cast as Princess Dragomiroff's maid. On January 25, it was revealed that Michael Peña had dropped out of the film and that Manuel Garcia-Rulfo had replaced him as Biniamino Marquez (a Cuban version of the novel's Italian Antonio Foscarelli).
Principal photography on the film began on November 22, 2016, in the United Kingdom and wrapped in May 2017.
Murder on the Orient Express Release November 2017
Murder on the Orient Express is scheduled to be released on November 3, 2017, by 20th Century Fox. The first look at the film and cast was released on May 3 in an exclusive article by Entertainment Weekly.
Murder on the Orient Express Critical Response
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 67% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Murder on the Orient Express Possible Sequels
In 2015, James Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd. and Christie’s great grandson, expressed enthusiasm for sequels, citing the collaboration with Branagh and the production team. In May 2017, Branagh expressed interest in further installments if the film is a success.
Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Murder on the Orient Express Produced by:
Ridley Scott
Mark Gordon
Simon Kinberg
Kenneth Branagh
Judy Hofflund
Michael Schaefer
Murder on the Orient Express Screenplay by: Michael Green
Murder on the Orient Express Based on: Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express Starring:
Kenneth Branagh
Penélope Cruz
Willem Dafoe
Judi Dench
Johnny Depp
Josh Gad
Derek Jacobi
Leslie Odom Jr.
Michelle Pfeiffer
Daisy Ridley
Music by: Patrick Doyle
Murder on the Orient Express Cinematography: Haris Zambarloukos
Murder on the Orient Express Edited by: Mick Audsley
Murder on the Orient Express Production company: Kinberg Genre
The Mark Gordon Company
Scott Free Productions
The Estate of Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Murder on the Orient Express Release Date:
November 2, 2017 (Royal Albert Hall)
November 3, 2017 (United Kingdom)
November 10, 2017 (United States)
Murder on the Orient Express Running time: 114 minutes
Murder on the Orient Express Country:
United Kingdom
United States
Murder on the Orient Express Language: English

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