Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp and Judi Dench Enchant in First Footage From ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

CinemaCon 2017: Gorgeous footage has characters looking into who killed a train passenger

Murder on the Orient Express

Audiences at CinemaCon 2017 got to see an enchanting sneak peek of Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” starring Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The trailer for Fox’s remake of the 1974 mystery film is not yet available to the public. It opens with Ridley, Dench and Leslie Odom, Jr. sitting in the cafeteria wagon of the Orient Express. It’s lavish and beautiful and full of elegance, and the trailer soon skips to Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer making eyes at each other in the hallway of the train. However, the train soon comes to a screeching halt as it becomes evident there has been a murder on the train — and of course, everyone claims they are innocent.

At one point, the footage showed the perspective of detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), who is interviewing the main cast of the movie. There’s crying, reiterations of innocence and pure shock as the passengers learn what has occurred on the train. 

Branagh is directing the remake. Ridley Scott of Scott Free and Simon Kinberg of Genre Films are producing with Mark Gordon and Branagh. Michael Green, who wrote the new “Blade Runner” movie for Scott, is adapting Christie’s 1934 detective novel.

The story follows gifted detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the titular train. Branagh stars as the detective, while Depp plays Ratchett, the murdered man.

Pfeiffer plays Mrs. Hubbard, a passenger aboard the train. Previously, Angelina Jolie had been attached to the role. Ridley stars as Mary Debenham and Dench portrays Princess Dragomiroff. Odom Jr., Lucy Boynton, Tom Bateman and Derek Jacobi are also part of the ensemble.

Christie’s novel was published in 1934. James Prichard and Hilary Strong of Agatha Christie Ltd. will executive produce.

The film is set for a November 22 release.