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Murder on the Orient Express is a mystery thriller/drama film based on the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. The 2017 film is the fourth adaptation of the novel following a film in 1974, a TV movie in 2001 and a 2010 episode of “Agatha Christie’s Poirot.” The film premieres on November 10.
The film follows a detective named Hercule Poirot, played by Kenneth Branagh, as he boards the Orient Express for a break in between his cases. He meets many interesting characters. Early on, another character asks Poirot for help because he fears for his well-being, and Poirot declines that request. The next morning, that passenger is found stabbed to death. Poirot must use the remaining time on the Orient Express to solve the murder of his fellow passenger.
Continue reading below to meet the star-studded cast of the movie.
Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot
Sir Kenneth Branagh is a British actor. He stars in Murder on the Orient Express as the main protagonist, Hercule Poirot. Branagh is best known for his acting and directing of several adaptations of William Shakespeare plays and is the current president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Branagh has also starred in other films and television series including Wild Wild West, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Valkyrie.
Branagh has been nominated 5 Academy Awards and was the first man to be nominated for 5 different categories. He is 1 of only 2 non-American actors to be nominated for Oscars for acting, writing and directing and 1 of only 8 actors to have received this honor. He was appointed a knight bachelor in 2012 for services to drama and to the community in Northern Ireland. When asked how it felt to be knighted, he said that he was “humble, elated and incredibly luckuy
Penélope Cruz as Pilar Estravados
Penélope Cruz stars as Pilar Estravados, a humble Spanish missionary and nurse. Cruz is a Spanish actress and model best known for her lead rolls in Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Blow. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Johnny Depp as Ratchett
Johnny Depp stars as Ratchett, an American passenger who thinks his life is in danger and appeals to Poirot early on in the movie. Depp is an American actor, producer and musician who has won both the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. He is known for taking on the task of portraying larger-than-life roles. Depp is regarded as one of the world’s biggest film stars. He’s been nominated for many major acting awards. He was also listed in the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records as the highest paid actor with earnings of $75 million.
Josh Gad as Hector MacQueen
Josh Gad stars as Hector MacQueen, an intelligent and likable guy who is Ratchet’s personal assistant. Of course, because that makes him close to the crime, he’s a prime suspect. Gad is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and singer. He’s most well known for voicing Olaf in Frozen, but he has also appeared in many television shows including ER, The Daily Show, Modern Family, New Girl and Numb3rs. Gad recently played LeFou in the 2017 adaptation of Beauty in the Beast.
Derek Jacobi as Edward Masterman
Sir Derek Jacobi stars as Edward Masterman, a polite valet who works for Ratchett. Jacobi is an English actor and stage director. He’s known for his roles on stage and has received a Tony Award for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing. He has also appeared in films such as Gladiator and The King’s Speech. He has appeared in many television episodes and films.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Mrs. Hubbard
Michelle Pfeiffer plays Mrs. Hubbard, an American widow who comes across as well-educated and brash. Pfeiffer is an American actress, singer and producer. She’s well known for her role in Scarface as well as Hairspray and Dark Shadows. The actress won the BAFTA Award for best actress in a supporting role for Dangerous Liaisons and has been nominated for many awards since then.
Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham
Daisy Ridley stars as Mary Debenham, a young and unmarried woman who is a governess to 2 children in Baghdad. Ridley is well-known for her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will be seen in 2 movies at the box office this holiday season. She also stars as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Willem Dafoe as Gerhard Hardman
Willem Dafoe stars as Gerhard Hardman, an observant German professor who likes to keep to himself. This year Dafoe also starred in Justice League and Death Note. He also recently starred in The Fault in Our Stars. Dafoe has been nominated for numerous awards for acting and voice acting.
Olivia Colman as Hildegarde Schmidt: Colman plays a loyal maid to princess Daragomiroff. Colman is known for her roles in the series Fleabag.
Leslie Odom Jr. as Dr. Arbuthnot: Odom Jr. plays Dr. Arbuthnot, a charming gentleman. Odom Jr. won a Tony for his performance in Hamilton
Sergei Polunin as Count Rudolph Andrenyi: Polunin plays Count Rudolph Andrenyi, a protective husband who travels with his wife on a Hungarian diplomatic passport.
Lucy Boynton as Countess Andrenyi: Boynton plays Countess Andrenyi, a timid widow who always maintains her elegant fashion.
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Marquez: Garcia-Rulfo plays Marquez, a self-assured car salesman. He previously starred in The Magnificent Seven.
Marwan Kenzari as Pierre Michel: Kenzari stars as Pierre Michel, the hardworking conductor of the Orient Express. He starred alongside Tom Cruise in The Mummy reboot.