While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.
English actor turned not too shabby director Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in the adaption of an Agatha Christie classic. “Death on the Nile,” follows one of Christie’s most popular characters, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) on an Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer.
All goes pear-shaped what should be an idyllic honeymoon, descends into a terrifying search for a murderer after a number of 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 – so the synopsis goes.
The screenplay from Michael Green (who has past Christie adaptation experience with 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express which was also directed by and starred Branagh) features another star studded cast including our very own Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Mangrove) alongside Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Jennifer Saunders, and Russell Brand.
Okonedo plays Salome Otterbourne a romance novelist; Wright plays her daughter Rosalie Otterbourne. Not sure if in Branagh’s version Salome will still be a novelist as in the opening scene of the trailer we see Okonedo at the mic giving us sultry jazz singer. Wright’s Rosalie seems to have a bit more screen time as she noticeably ushers Godot’s Linnet Ridgeway Doyle away from ‘something‘!
Okonedo will soon be seen in Netflix thriller Ratched, and we’ve recently seen Wright in the latest trailer for Mangrove, one of five films soon to released from director Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series.
Death on the Nile comes to UK Cinemas October 9th 2020