In 1974, film director Sidney Lumet brought famed suspense/crime writer Agatha Christie’s best-selling novel to the big screen, along with a big-name-cast that included Albert Finney (as detective Hercule Poirot), Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. The film, Murder On The Orient Express, went on to receive six Oscar nominations at the 1975 Academy Awards, and earned a win for Ingrid Bergman as “Best Actress in a Supporting Role.”
In a 2017 remake, actor/director/producer Kenneth Branagh, along with 20th Century Fox, brings Christie’s suspenseful whodunit back to the big screen. This time, Branagh takes on multiple roles as lead actor (stepping in as Poirot), director and producer, and is joined by a stellar 21st century cast that includes Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe and Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley.
Working closely with Branagh to help bring the 140-page screenplay to the screen, was DP Haris Zambarloukos, composer Patrick Doyle and editor Mick Audsley.
Speaking from the UK exclusively with Post just days before the film’s opening, Audsley discussed the film, its challenges and working with a director, who is also the movie’s lead character.