WATCH: Death on the Nile trailer

Death on the Nile posterKenneth Branagh returns as Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile, an exciting murder mystery set on a glamorous but treacherous river cruise.

Death on the Nile is the follow-up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express which also starred Branagh as the iconic Belgian detective (with his iconic mustache). It is the latest Agatha Christie novel to be adapted for the big screen.

The poster for the film is reminiscent of the poster for Murder on the Orient Express with a plume of blood-red smoke rising ominously into the sky, this time from a ship and not a train. The trailer is intriguing and suspenseful and features a slowed down cover of Depeche Mode’s “Policy of Truth.”

The film boasts of an all-star cast of suspects, including: Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright. (And you read that right, comedy legends French and Saunders are in this!)

Death on the Nile is written by Michael Green, adapted from Christie’s novel, and is produced by Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund and Kevin J. Walsh, with Matthew Jenkins, James Prichard and Matthew Prichard serving as executive producers.

Death on the Nile was previously adapted into a 1978 film with Peter Ustinov as Poirot and also starring Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, George Kennedy, Jane Birkin, Jack Warden and David Niven. The story was also adapted for television in 2004 for the ninth season of Agatha Christie’s Poirot with David Suchet as the titular detective.

Here is the official synopsis of the film:

“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.”

“I have investigated many crimes,” Poirot declares gravely in the trailer, “But this has altered the shape of my soul.”

Death on the Nile will premiere on October 23, 2020.

Check out the trailer below: