The 2017 Adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express Has a Star-Studded Cast
A few months ago now I did an article about the remake of Murder on the Orient Express with the possible casting of Angelina Jolie, which unfortunately fell through. In June 2015 20th Century Fox brought Kenneth Branagh on to the project and will direct and star in the upcoming film based on Agatha Christie’s classic 1934 murder mystery. Branagh will portray the main character, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The film has gathered an all-star cast to being Agatha Christie’s classic mystery and my personal favourite film adaptation to life.
20th Century Fox has assembled a remarkable creative team including producers Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Michael Green, the screenwriter from Blade Runner 2. The film has attracted some big names including the recently announced, Willem Dafoe, who will play train passenger Mr Hardman, who claims to sell typewriting ribbons but could have ties to the murder victim. The rest of the all-star cast includes Johnny Depp, who will portray Ratchett, Michelle Pfeiffer will portray Mrs Hubbard, and Daisy Ridley will portray Mary Debenham.
Oscar winner Judi Dench will portray Princess Dragomiroff, and Lucy Boynton will play Countess Andrenyi. Tom Bateman plays Bouc, and acclaimed stage actor and Tony Award winner Derek Jacobi will portray Masterman. Michael Pena will play Marque, and Josh Gad will play Hector McQueen, with “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. to portay Doctor Arbuthnot. Marwan Kenzari will play Pierre Michel, and Sergie Polunin will portray Count Andrenyi and Olivia Colman will play Hildegarde Schmidt. Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz is also to star. However, her role at this stage is unknown.
There have been many adaptations including 1974 film, which also had an all-star cast including Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, Martin Balsam as M. Bianchi, George Coulouris as Dr Constantine, Richard Widmark as Cassetti. The film also had a star-studded cast of suspects including, Sean Connery as Arbuthnot, Lauren Bacall as Mrs Hubbard, Anthony Perkins as Hector McQueen, John Gielgud as Beddoes, Michael York as Count Andrenyi. With Jean-Pierre Cassel as Pierre Michel, Jacqueline Bisset as Countess Andrenyi, Wendy Hiller as Princess Dragomiroff, Vanessa Redgrave as Mary Debenham, Rachel Roberts as Hildegard Schmidt, Colin Blakely as Hardman, Denis Quilley as Foscarell. And the great Ingrid Bergman, who won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Greta Ohlsson.
The most recent adaptation was Agatha Christie’s Poirot: “Murder on the Orient Express” in 2010, with David Suchet reprising the role of Hercule Poirot and was an episode of the television series. Cast members included Dame Eileen Atkins as Princess Dragomiroff, Hugh Bonneville as Masterman, Jessica Chastain as Mary Debenham, Barbara Hershey as Mrs Hubbard, Toby Jones as Cassetti, and David Morrissey as Colonel Arbuthnot. This adaptation had quite a few differences in the details compared to previous adaptations.
For those of you, not familiar with Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express, it was published in 1934 and is considered one of the most ingenious mysteries ever devised. The Mystery revolves around a murder on board the infamous train, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case, with a train full of passengers who could potentially be the murderer. I am looking forward to the 2017 adaptation with it’s star-studded cast, and remarkable producers and directors on board, it is bound to be brilliant!
The film is set to be released November 22nd, 2017