If there is one movie that I am extremely excited about is the upcoming new version of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I have most probably read all Agatha Christie’s books and this one and Ten Little Niggers are my absolute top favourite. I am a big fan of the 1974 masterpiece and highly awarded movie starring Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, to name a few and it will be very interesting to compare both the cinematography and the casting choices with this 2017 version.
The cast features Kenneth Branagh both as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and as director, Judy Dench as Princess Dragomiroff, who after having played Queen Elisabeth I in Shakespeare in Love and Queen Victoria in the upcoming Victoria & Abdul, seems to be extremely comfortable in royalty. Penélope Cruz has been cast as Greta Ohlsson (this part was masterfully played by Ingrid Bergman for which she was also awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Role … quite an unusual choice to cast Penélope in this. Would she be able to stand Bergman’s performance?). Michelle Pfeiffer takes on Lauren Bacall’s role of Mrs. Hubbard and Johnny Depp will be making a short appearance as the murder victim, Mr. Ratchett. Another interesting and, I daresay questionable casting choice, is Josh Gad, who is so on top at the moment with Beauty and the Beast, and will play Anthony Perkins’ character. Quite odd, don’t you think?
Murder on the Orient Express is currently in post-production and will hit US theatres on November, 22nd followed by the UK release set two days after.