After months of anticipation the time has finally arrived: the first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express has been released.
In the film Branagh is doing double duty, directing and tackling the role of its protagonist, the legendary Poirot. Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer all play train passengers turned suspects when someone is found murdered.
The film, based on one of Agatha Christie’s most popular novels, is one of many to center around the cases of the legendary Detective Poirot. Originally adapted for the big screen in 1974, versions of the tale have appeared on television as well, most notably in a 2010 episode of PBS’ “Poirot”.
The trailer, simple in context but rich in detail, gives us a tease of a slick, stylish and suspenseful thriller. With each character getting a generalized term of recognition, the whole situation feels like Clue on steroids - and I have no problem with that.
Murder on the Orient Express hits theaters on November 10.