Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Death on the Nile’ Has Annette Bening in Talks to Join the Star-Studded Ensemble
‘Death on the Nile,’ the upcoming follow-up to ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ has Annette Bening in talks to join the star-studded ensemble. If a deal closes, she will play Euphemia.
Bening was recently in the Disney & Marvel Studios film ‘Captain Marvel.’ She has four Academy Award nominations, for Stephen Frears’ ‘The Grifters,’ Sam Mendes’ ‘American Beauty,’ István Szabó’s ‘Being Julia,’ and Lisa Cholodenko’s ‘The Kids Are All Right.’ Next, she will appear in Scott Z. Burns’ ‘The Report,’ releasing September 27th.
The rest of the cast, so far, comprises of Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright, and Kenneth Branagh. Not only will Branagh reprise his role as detective Hercule Poirot, he will return to direct. Gadot will play Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, Hammer will portray Simon Doyle, and Wright has the role of Rosalie Otterbourne.
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, Michael Green (‘Logan,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’) is also coming back to write 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’), supervising art director Dominic Masters (‘RED 2,’ ‘Woman in Gold’). Newcomer costume designer Sammy Sheldon (‘Annihilation,’ ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’) is also onboard.
Filming is aiming to begin September 30th, returning to Longcross Studios in Surrey, England.
The film, now under Disney, will release October 9, 2020.