From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:
A new, glitzy, star-studded movie adaptation of Agatha Christies 1937 novel Death on the Nile opens in theaters in the UK & US today. This high society mystery-thriller reunites the film-making team behind the 2017 adaptation of another Christie favorite, Murder on the Orient Express. Returning in the role of her iconic Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is Kenneth Branagh, who also directs from a screenplay by Michael Green. He is joined by an all-star cast of victims and suspects including Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Emma Mackey.
Obsessive love, Jealousy, and Betrayal
Christie’s novel is one of her masterpieces. It is a sinister story of obsessive love, jealousy, and betrayal among a group of travelers aboard the S.S. Karnack, a glamourous river steamer cruising down the Nile in Egypt. What was meant as a tranquil and enjoyable holiday sightseeing ancient temples and majestic pyramids descends into a twisted and terrifying journey.
Death on the Nile (2022) is the third screen adaptation of Christie’s novel. It will be very difficult not to compare this new interpretation to the 1978 movie starring Peter Ustinov as Poirot and an all-star supporting cast that included Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, and David Niven. More recently, there was also a 2004 television series, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, starring David Suchet that included Death on the Nile and aired on ITV in the UK and Masterpiece PBS in the US.
Hoping for Some Levity Among the Mayhem
The casting and the movie trailer are impressive. I am looking forward to a new adaptation of Christie’s story, and the reunion of the former comedy duo Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French as Linnet’s socialite godmother and companion. Hopefully they will add some levity among the mayhem. Enjoy!
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.
CAST & CREW
- Hercule Poirot – Kenneth Branagh
- Bouc – Tom Bateman
- Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle – Gal Gadot
- Simon Doyle – Armie Hammer
- Jacqueline de Bellefort – Emma Mackey
- Euphemia Bouc – Annette Bening
- Andrew Katchadourian – Ali Fazal
- Mrs. Bowers – Dawn French
- Louise Bourget – Rose Leslie
- Salome Otterbourne – Sophie Okonedo
- Marie Van Schuyler – Jennifer Saunders
- Rosalie Otterbourne – Letitia Wright
- Linus Windlesham – Russell Brand
- Art Direction – Andrew Ackland-Snow
- Music – Patrick Doyle
- Costume Design – Paco Delgado and Joban Jit Singh
Movie description and images courtesy of 20th Century Studios © 2022; text Laurel Ann Nattress © 2022, austenprose.com.
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