Willem Dafoe to Take a Ride on the Orient Express

Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On the Orient Express.

If this movie fails it certainly won’t be for lack of talent.  Kenneth Branagh, a five-time Academy Award nominee, is directing a remake of the classic film based on Agatha Christie’s novel Murder On the Orient Express.  Willem Dafoe joins a cast that already includes the likes of Branagh as Detective Hercule Poirot, Johnny Depp as Ratchett, Michelle Pfeiffer is Mrs. Hubbard, Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham, Judi Dench as Princess Dragomiroff, Lucy Boynton as Countess Andrenyi. Tom Bateman plays Bouc, Derek Jacobi as Masterman, Michael Peņa is Marquez, Josh Gad is Hector McQueen, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. plays Doctor Arbuthnot, and Penelope Cruz plays an unknown role.  The Hollywood Reporter had the following announcement regarding Dafoe’s casting:

“Willem Dafoe is ready to ride the Orient Express.  The actor is joining the star-studded ensemble cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Dafoe will play Mr. Hardman, a passenger on the train who says he sells typewriting ribbons, but may have a deeper tie to the murder victim.”

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Here’s the synopsis of Christie’s novel:

“Master-detective Hercule Poirot is travelling from Istanbul to France on the Orient Express. On the first night the man in the next compartment is murdered. Once he starts investigating, Poirot faces a barrage of conflicting clues and potential motives. The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot boards the Orient Express.”

What are your thoughts on how the cast for Murder On the Orient Express is shaping up, particularly with recent casting of Willem Dafoe?  Share your thoughts in the discussion board below.  Orient Express arrives in theaters November 22, 2017.

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