A third motion picture adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 best-selling mystery novel, titled “murder on the Orient Express,” is set to hit theaters at the end of the year. Unlike the last adaptation, which came out back in 2001, the upcoming film will feature most of the characters in the novel, which will be played by big name actors and actresses.

A riveting new trailer

20th Century Fox recently published the upcoming film’s new trailer, which introduces audiences to the different characters and the star of the show, Detective Hercule Poirot, who is played by the film’s own director, Kenneth Branagh.

The trailer itself outlines the setting for the movie, which will, of course, be very familiar to fans of Christie’s work.

Fortunately for those who haven’t yet read the book or seen the previous two adaptations, the recently released trailer doesn’t really reveal too much as to spoil the entire story. Instead, the trailer gives audiences a glimpse into each and every character in order for them to judge for themselves as to who is actually guilty of the murder.

The plot setup

As the title of the upcoming movie implies, there has been a mysterious murder on board the Orient Express. It is now up to the infamous detective to figure out who among the passengers has committed the crime. The trailer does not reveal who exactly was murdered, but each suspect is shown with their appropriate designations.

Some of the ensemble cast members that will be portraying the iconic characters include Johnny Depp, William Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Marwan Kenzari, and Olivia Colman, among others.

Big shoes to fill

Seeing as that the novel itself has generated a strong following since its release, there are currently a lot of expectations for the upcoming film.

The book itself was released in the United States, but was titled “Murder in the Calais Coach,” to avoid any confusion with Graham Greene’s 1932 book, “Orient Express.” As previously mentioned, the upcoming new movie will be the third adaption of the novel.

It was preceded by Carl Schenkel’s 2001 version and Sidney Lumet’s award-winning 1974 adaptation.

The 1974 version received six nominations at the 47th Academy Awards, including nominations for Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Costume, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score.

"Murder On The Orient Express" is scheduled to hit theaters in the UK on Nov. 3 and in the US on Nov. 10.

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