Agatha Christie's famous detective, Hercule Poirot has been portrayed by numerous actors over the decades, including Albert Finney in the 1974 Murder on the Orient Express movie and David Suchet on TV from 1989 to 2013. Kenneth Branagh is the latest actor to don the mustache, as he'll be appearing later this year in the new theatrical adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, which he also directed. However, Branagh's Poirot will slightly deviate from previous versions of the detective because of his past as a soldier and police officer. Branagh said:
Hercule Poirot's intellect will always be his greatest gift to the world, but for the new Murder on the Orient Express movie, Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green decided that they wanted to make the character younger and "more physically able" compared to older depictions, both on the printed page and in other media. Green added that while the goal was still to stay true to both the spirit of the detective and the overall story, it was also important to "find ways to open it up cinematically, visually, and on a character level." Green explained to EW:
Like the original 1934 novel and the 1974 movie, Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express will follow Hercule Poirot as he interviews a cast of colorful characters aboard a train to solve a murder. Going off this new information, it sounds like Branagh's Poirot, while still intellectually capable, is more of a rookie when it comes to his solo investigatory career, still a little way off from being the notorious detective from Agatha Christie's novels and short stories. More importantly, if this iteration of Poirot is more physically active, then perhaps we might see some new action-oriented moments to spice up the traditional story.
Murder on the Orient Express arrives in theaters on November 10.
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