Look. I want to be excited about Murder on the Orient Express, as Agatha Christie is a god for murder mystery lovers, and to boot, this glossy Kenneth Branagh-directed spectacle is stuffed with stars including Pajiba favorites like Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, and Olivia Colman. But then there’s Johnny Depp mucking the whole show up with another dumb mustache, and we assume another cartoonish performance that makes us wonder what we ever saw in him when we were crushing on him so many years ago.
But hey. Murder on the Orient Express isn’t the only intriguing Christie adaptation hitting this fall.
Based on Christie’s 1949 novel, the Gilles Paquet-Brenner-helmed Crooked House not only boasts an adapted screenplay by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, but also a jaw-dropping cast that includes Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp, and Pajiba 10 winner Gillian Anderson!
Enjoy the trailer for Crooked House:
I’m not swooning. It’s just sexy in here.
Official plot synopsis:
In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close).
Crooked House will be On Demand on November 21st, and will hit theaters on December 22nd.