The cameras are officially rolling on Death on the Nile, Kenneth Branagh’s sequel to his 2017 Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express.
Branagh will be returning in the director’s chair and will reprise his role as detective Hercule Poirot. As with the first whodunit, there’s quite the extended cast of suspects that Poirot will be looking at.
The cast includes Annette Bening, Gal Gadot, Russell Brand, Dawn French, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, Letitia Wright and Tom Bateman (reprising his role as Bouc from Murder on the Orient Express).
Death on the Nile will have Poirot on board a glamorous river steamer this time around. His planned Egyptian adventure descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths. This sinister tale of obsessive love and its murderous consequences plays out in an epic landscape of danger and foreboding, with enough shocking twists and turns to leave audiences unsettled and guessing until the final, shocking denouement.
“Crimes of passion are dangerously sexy,” Branagh said in a statement. “Agatha Christie has written a riveting story of emotional chaos and violent criminality and Michael Green has once again written a screenplay to match. With a cherished group of long-time artistic collaborators and a brilliant international cast, it is truly a pleasure to join Disney, Fox and Agatha Christie, Ltd. in bringing this daring thriller to the big screen. There are significant new twists, an awe-inspiring desert landscape and a chance to celebrate big screen entertainment in glorious 65 millimetre celluloid!”
As Brangh mentioned, the screenplay will again come from Oscar-nominated scribe Michael Green, whose credits include Logan, Blade Runner 2049 and upcoming Dwayne Johnson-Emily Blunt Disney adventure Jungle Cruise. Branagh, Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, and Judy Hofflund also return as producers, with Matthew Jenkins and James Prichard back as executive producers.
Despite mixed reviews, Murder on the Orient Express made over $US352 million worldwide from a production budget of around $US55 million, thus ensuring a franchise.
Death on the Nile, filming at Longcross Studios outside London and on location in Egypt, is scheduled to arrive in Australian cinemas on October 8, 2020.