Murder on the Orient Express Is Scarier, According To Kenneth Branagh

Posted 2017/06/01 3198 0

The first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s forthcoming Murder on the Orient Express hints at a more intense movie than some may have originally guessed.


The trailer, released Thursday, introduces Branagh’s Poirot and the star-studded ensemble of strangers aboard the titular train. “If there was a murder, then there was a murderer,” Poirot tells them. “The murderer is with us, and every one of you is a suspect.”

The trailer showed that there's a distinctively more modern feel to the 1930s mystery tale, but Branagh has also revealed that he decided to emphasize the horror elements from the novel. As Branagh put it:

“I think what I found in the book again, and in the screenplay, was that it unleashed something very primal, very kind of grisly. I realized that we could find a way to have the fun of Agatha Christie, but have the absolutely deadly intention behind it, and the danger. I think we're making a scarier film than people might imagine. We're not trying to turn it into something it isn't, but I think we're away from the drawing room mystery, and we're into something [else]. Because the book is also a dark psychological revenge drama.”

Branagh himself stars as Hercule Poirot, the famed Belgian sleuth who has no problem calling himself “probably the greatest detective in the world.” He’s tasked with solving the murder of Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp), and everyone onboard is considered a suspect.

Screenwriter Green hopes this new Murder on the Orient Express, which also stars Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer, among others, will both delight and surprise those familiar with the novel.

“It is an adaptation that’s meant to please people who know the book and want to see how we will handle certain things,” he says. “There are changes, there are differences, there are times they may wonder if we’ve slaughtered, sacrificed, and barbecued sacred cows. I’ll just ask them to reserve judgment until the end of the film.”