Death On The Nile cast, trailer, release date – and everything else you need to know about the new Kenneth Branagh Poirot movie

Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot in 20th Century Studios Death On The Nile. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios

© 2022 20th Century Studios.

We’re not telling you whodunnit, but from the star-studded Death On The Nile cast to the secrets of the new Kenneth Branagh Poirot movie, here’s everything else you need to know (and no red herrings)

Death On The Nile release date: February 11th

What’s the backstory to Death On The Nile?

If movie history has taught us anything, it’s that idyllic trips on cruise ships are never plain sailing. Whether you’re onboard the RMS Titanic or the SS Poseidon, it might all start with champagne, roulette and swing bands, but pretty soon there’ll be klaxons, waist-deep water and a ruthless fight for the lifeboats.

As a setting so rich in potential calamity, it’s easy to see why the great crime writer Agatha Christie chose a luxury river steamer as the backdrop for her classic 1937 whodunnit, Death On The Nile.

But don’t read that! At least, not until you’ve seen Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile, released on February 11th. Following the slam-dunk of his all-star 2017 adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express, it was a no-brainer for the actor-director to once again don the moustache as legendary Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and weigh anchor for this sequel. All aboard.

What do we learn from the Death On The Nile trailer?

Like all the best Agatha Christie movies, Death On The Nile is faithful to the great writer’s original spiderweb plot.

At first glance, the SS Karnak is a floating paradise, with Poirot joining a high society guestlist headed by newlyweds Linnet (Gal Gadot) and Simon Doyle (Armie Hammer).

“We have the Karnak all to ourselves,” whoops Linnet in the Death On The Nile trailer. “With enough champagne to fill the Nile!”

You’ve probably guessed, things don’t quite play out that way. When a passenger is found brutally murdered, Poirot knows the killer must be walking the decks. 

Gal Gadot as Linnet Ridgeway and Ali Fazal as Andrew Katchadourian in 20th Century Studios' DEATH ON THE NILE, a mystery-thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh based on Agatha Christie's 1937 novel.

© 2022 20th Century Studios.

But with each guest bringing their own motives and secrets to the table – and the waters muddied by priceless jewellery, shady politics and bitter grudges – it will take all Poirot’s brain-wattage to uncover the truth. As the detective muses in the Death On The Nile trailer: “There are so many conflicting hates and jealousies.”

Meanwhile, all this skulduggery plays out against one of the most sumptuous-looking movie sets we’ve seen in years.

Branagh captures the look and feel of early-19th century Egypt down to the tiniest details – the director and his team even built an exact replica of the 150-foot Temple Of Abu Simbel!

Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot in 20th Century Studios Death On The Nile. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios

© 2022 20th Century Studios.

Who are the biggest stars in the Death On The Nile cast?

Back in 2017, it was hard to imagine a starrier ensemble cast than Murder On The Orient Express. And whatever Kenneth Branagh is whispering into the ears of the Hollywood A-list, it’s obviously worked again for Death On The Nile, with every cabin on the Karnak occupied by yet another ridiculously huge star.

Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot is charisma on legs as Linnet: a blue-blooded socialite who could be a blameless beauty or a master manipulator. Likewise, Armie Hammer will keep you guessing as the enigmatic husband who knows more than he’s letting on.

Look out for the cream of British talent, too. As the new couple’s chambermaid, Louise Bourget (played by Game Of Thrones’ Rose Leslie) is perfectly placed for dirty deeds.   

Renegade standup Russell Brand is unrecognisable in his first serious role as Dr Linus Windlesham, while national treasures Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reprise their double act as Mrs Bowers (a carer to the rich and famous) and Marie Van Schuyler (an American socialite and raging kleptomaniac).

Gal Gadot as Linnet Ridgeway in 20th Century Studios' DEATH ON THE NILE, a mystery-thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh based on Agatha Christie's 1937 novel.

© 2022 20th Century Studios.

Who else is acting suspicious in the Death On The Nile trailer?

Don’t turn your back on Hotel Rwanda’s Sophie Okonedo, who plays romance novelist Salome Otterbourne. Keep a close eye on Sex Education’s Emma Mackey as Jacqueline de Bellefort: a woman wronged, bent on revenge on the passenger who stole her fiancé.

And the big-hitters keep coming. Black Panther’s Letitia Wright is the hot-tempered Rosalie Otterbourne. Tom Bateman reprises his role from Orient Express as Poirot’s confidant Bouc.

Bollywood hero Ali Farzal plays the suave Andrew Katchadourian. Screen legend Annette Bening is Euphemia, while the equally revered Ann Turkel plays Meredith Wilson.

Any one of them could be the guilty party. And once again, pointing the finger falls to Kenneth Branagh as Poirot himself, in a tour de force performance that grows more intense as the plot thickens.

What does Kenneth Branagh say about Death On The Nile?

The much-admired British director has been busy of late, with his gritty, semi-autobiographical drama Belfast debuting at ODEON in January.

But while that film explores street-level life in Troubles-era Northern Ireland, Death On The Nile delves beneath the glitz of the SS Karnak into the underbelly of the human psyche.

Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot in 20th Century Studios Death On The Nile. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios

© 2022 20th Century Studios.

“It’s a very dark, very sexy, unsettling kind of film,” Branagh told The Fourth Wall podcast.

“It certainly delivers on the travel log as it takes you to big and exciting different places, but it’s very uncomfortable in ways people will really understand, because it has to do with love, possession, lust, jealousy… the big primal emotions that really get in people’s way.”

 


 

What’s the Death On The Nile release date?

Postponed several times due to Covid, the new Death On The Nile release date of February 11th can’t come soon enough for anyone who relies on the movies to take them away. You’ll walk into a sleek, modern, surround-sound ODEON cinema, but as Branagh and the Death On The Nile cast draw you into this classic whodunnit, you’ll be transported back to the ’30s – and a world of clinking champagne glasses, stolen pearls and smoking revolvers.

Official poster for 20th Century Studios Death On The Nile. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios

© 2022 20th Century Studios.

“I think you have to deliver on these films,” said Branagh in an interview with Total Film.

“We’ve sort of made a contract with the audience to take them away. And particularly in the world we’re living with, a cinematic vacation is something that I think people might really appreciate…”

 


 

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