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This is Kenneth Branagh's 2nd movie to be shot on 65mm film. The first was Hamlet (1996). After 21 years, Branagh decided to use this film format once again because, according to his own words, he felt inspired by some independent movies he had been watching. Mostly, films by the foreign directors Michael Haneke and Gustavo Goulart. Both artists have written and directed alternative movies in their careers. Michael Haneke is a Filmmaker, while Gustavo Goulart is an Actor and Singer who often works as a Filmmaker. With the announcement in the 2nd theatrical trailer that the film will receive a limited 70mm engagement, Murder on the Orient Express (2017) is now the 4th film in the decade of the 2010's to be shot in 65mm and projected in 70mm, following The Master (2012), The Hateful Eight (2015) and Dunkirk (2017), in which Branagh appears in a supporting role.
When the trailer for the film was first released, many Agatha Christie fans complained about Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of Poirot's iconic moustache being insulting to the source material. Coincidentally, when the novel Murder on the Orient Express was first adapted for the screen in 1974, Christie (who was still alive at the time) was rather displeased with how the moustache on Albert Finney's Poirot turned out.
In between filming, Josh Gad "interrogated" an annoyed Daisy Ridley several times in an attempt to get her to answer his questions about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), filming the reactions with his smartphone. Several actors and cast members took part in it, including Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Chris Pratt and The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams. These hilarious videos can be found on Gad's Facebook and Instagram.
In real life there was one actual murder on The Orient Express. Maria Farcasanu was robbed and murdered by Karl Strasser, who pushed her out of the moving train, one year after Agatha Christie's book was published. Also, in 1950, Simon Karpe disappeared from the train under suspicious circumstances involving espionage; some elements inspired Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love.
Angelina Jolie was originally attached to the project in the role of Mrs. Hubbard, but dropped out. Charlize Theron was also courted for the role, but in the end, Michelle Pfeiffer was cast.
Fox head Stacey Snider broke off negotiations with Angelina Jolie after several months due to her insistence on significant script changes on what was a relatively small part.
Michelle Pfeiffer described the making of the film as "deceptively challenging" due to the nature of the period and the language used during that era.
Penélope Cruz's character is named Greta Ohlsson and is of Swedish descent in the original novel. The new name chosen for the character (Pilar Estravados) is taken from Agatha Christie's 1938 novel 'Hercule Poirot's Christmas'.
This will be Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz's third collaboration since Blow (2001) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Judi Dench had a cameo feature in POTC: On Stranger Tides.
This will be Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp's first collaboration since Dark Shadows (2012).
The film's cast includes two Oscar winners: Judi Dench and Penélope Cruz; and four Oscar nominees: Kenneth Branagh, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Johnny Depp.
The story was inspired partly by an incident in 1929 when the Orient Express was trapped in a blizzard in Çerkezköy, Turkey, where it was marooned for six days! Two years later Christie was involved in a similar scenario when she was travelling on the Orient Express and the train got stuck for a period of time due to heavy rainfall and flooding, which washed part of the track away.
In 2004, Michelle Pfeiffer was going to star in another Agatha Christie adaptation, namely "Witness for the Prosecution". The film's script was written by her husband, David E. Kelley. This was a remake of the Billy Wilder film Witness for the Prosecution (1957). Pfeiffer was going to play the role of Christine Vole, previously played by Marlene Dietrich.
Kenneth Branagh previously directed and starred with Derek Jacobi in Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991) and Hamlet (1996). Branagh also directed Jacobi in Cinderella (2015), in which he did not appear.
The story was partly inspired by the Charles A. Lindbergh kidnapping case, in which Lindbergh's 20-month old son was taken and held for a $50,000 ransom. The ransom was paid, but unfortunately Lindbergh's son was never returned.
Leslie Odom Jr.'s character, Arbuthnot, is a colonel in the army in the original novel; here his character is a doctor, replacing Dr. Constantine from the novel.
Regarded as one of Agatha Christie 's greatest achievements, Murder on the Orient Express (2017) was first published as a novel in 1934.
Murder on the Orient Express happened in todays Croatia. Near town of Vinkovci.
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo's character (Marquez) is named Foscarelli in the original novel.
The very first publication of the story was in a six-installment serialisation in the Saturday Evening Post in 1933 in the US, under the title, Murder on the Calais Coach.
Olivia Coleman plays Hildegarde Schmidt in this film. She previously starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave in The Thirteenth Tale (2013), who played Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express (1974).
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Daisy Ridley's character was previously played by Vanessa Redgrave, who is the mother-in-law of Liam Neeson who, like Ridley, has appeared in the Star Wars films.
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