Kenneth Branagh to Direct and Star in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake


Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express will be getting a fourth film adaptation, with Kenneth Branagh set to star and direct the picture. The Shakespearian actor will play the role of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot — a character that appeared in 33 of Christie’s novels. Branagh joins Albert Finney, Ian Holm, Tony Randall, Alfred Molina, Orson Welles and David Suchet who also took on the part of the detective in radio, TV, and film. In Orient Express, Poirot investigates a murder on a train. Ridley Scott is one of the producers behind the upcoming remake, which is being released by 20th Century Fox. Branagh recently directed the live-action Cinderella, which became his highest-grossing film. He appeared as Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne. Branagh’s style has been described as ‘bold and vigorous,” which should make for an excellent murder-mystery.