Murder on the Orient Express is one of the most famous murder mystery stories ever so I’m actually kind of shocked that they haven’t remade it sooner. It’s here now though, with a cast of thousands of famous faces and a really terrible song choice. Let’s watch!
This is a pretty good trailer, and I even like the reveal of Poirot as though he’s a massive pop culture icon because you know what? He is that. I also admire the big bushy moustache, because who doesn’t?
There’s a murderers row of talent (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) in this too. Tom Bateman, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom, Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sergei Polunin, and Kenneth Branagh doing double duty as Poirot and the film’s director.
It’s exciting to see Leslie Odom Jr. in this, riding high off his Tony award-winning run in Hamilton. He’s going places and it’s well deserved. Also worth of note, Johnny Depp is in this but only barely in the trailer. I wonder if they’re scaling back the promotion because of the news that he’s an abusive husband. Also worth noting, he has normal looking hair and little to know face makeup and I had kinda forgotten what he looks like. I’ve forgotten what he sounds like normally too but he doesn’t speak in the trailer so I don’t know if we’ll get reminded of that.
All in all, despite it’s Depp problem, this looks pretty good! It’s a well cast update of a classic mystery, so what’s not to look forward to?
There’s also a poster for the movie, which looks pretty good.
Murder on the Orient Express is out November 10th. Here’s a synopsis for those of you who are very young or live under rocks.
What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.