Kenneth Branagh doesn’t mind taking on literary giants, and now he’s in Agatha Christie territory with Murder on the Orient Express. Directing the film and starring as Hercule Poirot was a creative challenge for the filmmaker, and he definitely wanted to bring a different take to the 1974 version.
“The one thing (screenwriter) Michael Green wanted to do that I applauded was show Poirot in action from the word go,” said Branagh. “I present a denouement at the beginning of the show from a case that we did not know. When I read the script to begin with, the thing I found most delicious was leaning forward thinking what is he doing exactly? From the time he puts that pane on the wall, He’s just a bit mad, isn’t he, this fellow.”
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Co-starring Daisy Ridley and Johnny Depp, Murder on the Orient Express is now playing nationwide.