Have you heard that Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct a new version of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express," with Ridley Scott producing? Well, he is... and we're pumped! Should these talks pan out, the multi-talented Branagh, hot off the success of Disney's live-action "Cinderella," is expected to assemble an all-star, A-list cast.
One of Christie's most famous and beloved tales, "Murder on the Orient Express" follows famous Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot who must single-handedly unravel a mysterious murder aboard the titular train when it's trapped by a snowslide between Istanbul and Paris. Add to that a sea of likely suspects, and you've got the makings of one of the original contained thrillers. We won't spoil the final solution (even though it's about eighty-one-years old; the book was published in 1934, and the Sidney Lumet-directed classic was released in 1974), but it's one of Christie's shocking best.
We gotta admit, we love superheroes and dinosaurs, but if Branagh, Scott, and co. sign on an all-star cast with sky-high production values (like those of the Agatha Christie heyday), we'll be first in line for the mystery, glamour, camp, and acting pyrotechnics.
With that in mind, we assembled a dream cast for the new "Murder on the Orient Express," listing them alongside their 1974 counterparts -- you know, for comparison's sake. (Take heed Branagh; this is going to be a tough list to live up to.)
Having concluded a case, detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) settles into what he expects will be a relaxing journey home aboard the Orient Express. But when an unpopular billionaire is murdered en route, Poirot takes up the case, and everyone on board the famous train is a suspect. Using an avalanche blocking the tracks to his advantage, Poirot gradually realizes that many of the passengers have revenge as a motive, and he begins to home in on the culprit. Read More