Sir Kenneth Branagh produces, directs, and returns to the role of Hercule Poirot which he competently played in 2017’s all-star Murder on the Orient Express, this time for an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. Arriving in cinemas on October 23rd, the project appears to follow a similar route to its predecessor with a big name cast and glossy murder mystery narrative. You can see the full synopsis below:
Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.
Branagh is crafting a similar universe to that of the classic Christie’ Poirot adaptations of the seventies and eighties which saw Albert Finney and Peter Ustinov take the role of the Belgian sleuth. These films often attracted huge names including Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, David Niven, Mia Farrow, Jane Birkin, Maggie Smith, and John Gielgud. The cast of the modern adaptation of Death on the Nile doesn’t quite pack the same classic punch – but there are some exciting names including Annette Bening, Jennifer Saunders, Gal Gadot, Dawn French, Armie Hammer, and Dawn French.