TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - June 2, 2017
Kenneth Branagh has transformed himself in the last few years from the preeminent adapter of Shakespeare on film to a big budget special effects director thanks to his work on Thor and Cinderella. His latest film, Murder on the Orient Express, is a new adaptation of a famous Agatha Christie novel that has been adapted several times—most notably as an Oscar winning 1974 film directed by Sidney Lumet.
Branagh's version continues the proud tradition of assembling an all-star cast to portray the 12 suspects aboard the titular train. It's a healthy mix of veterans like Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, and Michelle Pfeiffer, as well as some of the brightest new stars around like Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., and Josh Gad. If you have any reservations at all, however, about Johnny Depp's involvement, I urge you to look past them as he's the murder victim referenced in the film's title, and therefore won't be around long.
If nothing else, it'll be cool to see Daisy Ridley outside of that galaxy far, far away, and even cooler to see Branagh wrestle with that walrus mustache he's sporting. Hopefully we'll get some backstory about his time cultivating that sweet 'stache and perhaps a scene or two featuring his grooming regiment. Fingers crossed! Murder on the Orient Express hits theaters on November 10.