We have just been graced with the trailer for Murder on the Orient Express, and it looks like it’s going to be one star-studded ride. The movie, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie, was previously adapted in 1974 with an equally brilliant cast, featuring such high-profile names as Sean Connery and Ingrid Bergman.
This latest remake stars Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, the moustachioed detective on the case. His suspects are played by the likes of Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz and Daisy Ridley.
As well as playing the starring role, five-time Oscar-nominated director Kenneth Branagh will also direct the film, joined by Ridley Scott (Aliens) who will act as a producer.
The film will be shot using Kodak 65mm film, harking back to such groundbreaking productions as Laurence of Arabia, and The Sound of Music. With the recent news that large format 65mm film processing facilities have opened in the UK, the process seems to be enjoying a renaissance. Director Christopher Nolan recently used the process for his film Dunkirk, and it seems that the method is gaining traction with films such as Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms also set-to-shoot on Kodak 65mm.
“Film has a palette like no other movie format. When Ken and I first started talking about Murder On The Orient Express, we both just knew it was the one to put our hearts and souls into making in 65mm,” said Cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos in an interview about the filming process.
“It’s a rare thing to be able to bring to life a great piece of literature, and we want the audience to have a truly immersive and intimate experience. Agatha Christie’s work is one of the greatest revenge stories and it has to be immensely entertaining on the big screen. We want to make a film were you feel every stab wound, and we couldn’t think of a better way than to shoot it on 65mm film.”
From the trailer, it looks like this technique has paid off. We are drawn in by the sweeping vistas and the intimate interior scenes. This beautiful use of imagery plus the all-star cast should make for a sure-fire hit with movie-goers. It may even be the beginning of a new generation of Agatha Christie fans, with her book Crooked House set to get its own film adaptation later this year.
Murder on the Orient Express is due to hit our screens this November.