Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Death on the Nile’ Adds Ali Fazal to the Star-Studded Ensemble

Sep 12, 2019

‘Death on the Nile,’ the upcoming follow-up to ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ has Ali Fazal (‘Victoria & Abdul,’ ‘Furious 7’) onboard the star-studded ensemble. However, his role is undisclosed.

The rest of the cast, so far, comprises of:

  • Tom Bateman (‘Into the Dark,’ ‘Cold Pursuit’) returning as Bouc
  • Annette Bening (’20th Century Women,’ ‘Captain Marvel’) as Euphemia
  • Kenneth Branagh (‘Dunkirk,’ ‘All Is True’) returning as detective Hercule Poirot
  • Gal Gadot (‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Justice League’) as Linnet Ridgeway Doyle
  • Armie Hammer (‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You’) as Simon Doyle
  • Letitia Wright (‘Black Panther,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’) as Rosalie Otterbourne

Russell Brand (‘Despicable Me,’ ‘Ballers’) is also in talks to play an unknown role.

Moreover, the premise of the Agatha Christie adaptation is below:

“On a luxurious cruise on the Nile River, comes the murder of wealthy heiress Linnet Ridgeway Doyle (Gadot). Fortunately, among the passengers are famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) and his trusted companion, Colonel Race. They immediately begin their investigation. But just as Poirot identifies a motley collection of would-be murderers, several of the suspects also meet their demise, which only deepens the mystery of the killer’s identity.”

Meanwhile, Branagh returns as director, and the previous film’s writer Michael Green (‘Logan,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’) came back to pen the screenplay.

Further, the returning crew members from the first film include cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos (‘Thor,’ ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’), production designer Jim Clay (‘The Brothers Bloom,’ ‘RED 2’), special effects supervisor (‘Cinderella,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’), supervising art director Dominic Masters (‘RED 2,’ ‘Woman in Gold’), and visual effects supervisor George Murphy (‘Maleficent,’ ‘Black Sails’). Newcomer costume designer Paco Delgado (‘Les Misérables,’ ‘Glass’) is now part of the crew.

Filming is aiming to begin September 30th, returning to Longcross Studios in Surrey, England. The wrap date is currently December 20th.

The film, now under Disney, will release October 9, 2020.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter