Being trapped on a train with the likes of Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Daisy Ridley might seem like an extremely pleasant dream to a lot of people, but the joy of that experience would probably dissipate if you thought one of them was about to murder you. In Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, any one of his A-list cast members could be playing the killer.
Here’s a line-up of some particularly suspicious individuals appearing in the film – using your powers of deduction, can you figure out if one of them is the culprit?
Kenneth Branagh is Hercule Poirot – The DetectiveBranagh himself plays the legendary Belgian detective, who has an equally legendary moustache. You wouldn’t expect the one trying to solve the case to be the murderer, but you should never rule out anyone with such villainous-looking facial hair.
Daisy Ridley is Mary Debenham – The GovernessCould Star Wars’ Rey of light now be playing a murderous governess? Usually a calm and collected character, Mary becomes suspiciously flustered when questioned by Poirot. She also looks incredibly sly in that coat.
Penélope Cruz is Pilar Estravados – The MissionaryOriginally named Greta Ohlsson in the novel, Pilar is an unassuming Spanish missionary and nurse, which sounds like a perfect cover for a raging psychopath.
Judi Dench is Princess Dragomirroff – The PrincessThe elderly Russian princess might not possess much physical strength, but she makes up for it with her brains. And never mind a murder weapon, her stern expression alone could kill you.
Willem Dafoe is Gerhard Hardman – The ProfessorAnyone with the word ‘hard’ in both their first and last name should automatically be considered a major suspect. He’s a shifty looking fella who keeps to himself.
Josh Gad is Hector MacQueen – The AssistantHector is a well-educated and likeable young man who, for some reason, is the personal assistant of the odious Ratchett. He’s not particularly fond of his boss.
Derek Jacobi is Edward Masterman – The ButlerThe extremely polite Mr. Masterman is Rachett’s valet, which means he has a lovely pair of white gloves knocking about somewhere and most likely has access to the cutlery.
Murder on the Orient Express is out 3 November; get Murder on the Orient Express tickets and times.