DEATH ON THE NILE trailer

Kenneth Branagh is back on the case in Death on the Nile, the follow-up to the filmmaker’s hit 2017 Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express. But Murder was just the beginning for Branagh’s mustachioed detective Hercule Poirot, who finds himself solving a mystery aboard a glamorous Egyptian river steamer with the sexiest cast of suspects, including Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette BeningRose LeslieLetitia Wright, and more. Watch the Death on the Nile trailer below.

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In the aftermath of the global phenomenon that was Harry Potter, Hollywood released a string of children’s fantasy knock-offs eagerly trying to fill the hole it left. But as we cycled through the Eragons, and the Golden Compasses, there was one fantasy series waiting in the wings that might have been the cheeky alternative to the boy wizard that we needed: Artemis Fowl.

The film version finally arrives on Disney+ this summer and we spoke to director Kenneth Branagh about, well, why he changed the source material so much.

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We’re a month out from the (probable) release of Tenet, and still no one could tell you what Christopher Nolan‘s time-bending new movie is about. Least of all his cast. Following the lead of a confused Robert Pattinson, Kenneth Branagh is here to cast uncertainty over his Tenet character. A mysterious figure with an intimidating Russian accent, Branagh’s character in any other movie — especially one as inspired by the Bond movies as this — would be the villain. But Branagh is not so sure that he’s playing the bad guy.

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The prevailing magic of children’s fantasy stories is seeing our intrepid heroes come of age in the most fantastical of situations. They enter this strange world timid, unsure, and insecure, and emerge from it a changed, emboldened hero. But Eoin Colfer‘s Artemis Fowl gave us a different kind of hero. In fact, the titular Artemis Fowl was no hero at all.

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death on the nile cast

Kenneth Branagh has finalized his list of suspects for his upcoming Agatha Christie adaptation. 20th Century Fox has released the full Death on the Nile cast list, which is led by Branagh as the famed mustachio-ed detective, Hercule Poirot. After his time on the Orient Express, Poirot finds himself in the Nile, where he must find the killer amid a suspect list that includes Gal GadotArmie HammerLetitia WrightTom Bateman and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening.

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death on the nile cast

Kenneth Branagh‘s Death on the Nile has found its latest suspect.

Russell Brand is in talks to join the Death on the Nile cast in the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel that is being shaped as a sequel to Branagh’s 2017 adaptation of Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

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Death on the Nile, the next entry in Kenneth Branagh‘s unofficial Agatha Christie Cinematic Universe, continues to rack up impressive cast members. Just like the star-studded previous film, Murder on the Orient ExpressDeath on the Nile is adding a cavalcade of famous suspects for Branagh’s Hercule Poirot to investigate. Annette Bening is the latest name being floated, with the actress in talks to join Gal Gadot, Armie HammerLetitia Wright and more.

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We still don’t know much about Christopher Nolan’s new movie, but at least we finally have a title: Tenet. That’s still not a whole lot to go on! But it’s something. Nolan has also added new cast members alongside the previously announced Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and John David Washington, the latter of whom we’re told will lead the ensemble. And yes, Michael Caine is one of them. In addition to all of that, we now have a slight plot description. We’ll take what we can get here.

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all is true trailer

Although he has tackled roles and projects varied in scope, both on the stage and screen, actor/director Kenneth Branagh made his name by bringing the plays of William Shakespeare to the masses (much like his hero, Lawrence Olivier) through a series of films that attracted an array of well-known faces, staged in ways that made the sometimes impenetrable words of the Bard accessible and joyous. Beginning 30 years ago with his triumphant Henry V, Branagh moved through a series of filmed adaptations (both as an actor and director, although not always both) in such works as Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love’s Labours Lost, Othello (directed by Oliver Parker), and As You Like It.

Of course, he’s also acted and directed in non-Shakespeare works as well, most notably behind the camera for films like Dead Again, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Cinderella, and 2017’s star-studded Murder on the Orient Express, as well as acting roles in The Gingerbread Man, Wild Wild West, Valkyrie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Dunkirk.

It seems only fitting that he would eventually star and direct a work in which he played Shakespeare. But All Is True is not your typical biopic. Commissioning a screenplay by Ben Elton, the movie examines the playwright’s later years, after he has retired from writing, as he struggles to blend back in with a wife (Judi Dench) and grown daughters whom he essentially abandoned 20 years earlier for the life of a celebrity. But he struggles with his return to Stratford with memories of a son who died too young and a family who doesn’t know what to do with him as he plays the part of a caring father. The film reveals a great deal about how Shakespeare attempted to deal with certain life struggles through his works, and Branagh delivers one of the most engaging, understated, and moving performances of his career. And if you can’t get enough of Branagh the director, he’s also got a little Disney project called Artemis Fowl on the way, based on the exceedingly popular series of books by Eoin Colfer.

/Film spoke with Branagh recently to discuss the importance of Shakespeare in his life and career; working with McKellen for the first time; his voice cameo in Avengers: Infinity War and playing detective Hercule Poirot once again in Death on the Nile (which he’ll also direct, with a cast that includes Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Letitia Wright). All Is True is currently playing in select cities and opens nationwide on Friday, May 17.

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With Murder on the Orient Express, director and actor Kenneth Branagh loaded the cast with famous faces and impressive actors, all in the name of bringing Agatha Christie’s mystery to life. Branagh clearly wants to repeat this approach with the sequel, Death on the Nile. Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Jodie Comer already have parts, and now Black Panther breakout Letitia Wright has climbed aboard the Death on the Nile cast as well. Wright will play one of the suspects Branagh’s Hercule Poirot is investigating.

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