The first trailer has been released for Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (HarperCollins/Morrow; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample).

It quickly became the #1 Tending video YouTube (it is now #2) and also gave the book a boost, sending it roaring up the Amazon charts.

Entertainment Weekly quotes Branagh calling the film darker than other adaptations: “I think what I found in the book … was that it unleashed something very primal, very kind of grisly. I realized that we could find a way to have the fun of Agatha Christie, but have the absolutely deadly intention behind it … I think we’re making a scarier film than people might imagine.” The blood red smoke of the train, revealed in the newly released film poster, echoes that tone.

The movie premieres on November 10. Branagh stars as Hercule Poirot and is joined by Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley, playing suspects and murder victim.

HarperCollins is publishing mass market and trade paperback tie-ins on Oct. 31st.


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