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Michelle Yeoh Joins Death On The Nile Sequel

Giant Freakin Robot 10/12/2022 Mark McKee
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We’ve already gotten Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile and now there will be a third movie to the mix with a great actress coming on board. According to Deadline, Kenneth Branagh is returning for a third time as the heroic inspector, Hercule Poirot, in A Haunting in Venice with a stellar cast that now includes Michelle Yeoh. The latter will join others in another murder mystery for a set of stories that’s becoming something of a franchise at this point.

The report reveals that Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonCrazy Rich AsiansTomorrow Never Dies), coming off the massive success of her Academy Awards bid in Everything Everywhere All at Once, is joining the stellar cast of the third installment. She is part a long list of great actors, including Branagh, Kelly Reilly (Yellowstone and Sherlock Holmes), Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey and The Fall), Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock), and Camille Cottin (House of Gucci and Allied). While the details of her role are not revealed, if they stay true to form, one of the more prominent names like hers will be the reason Poirot will spring to action. 

The first film in the franchise, Murder on the Orient Express, was released in 2017 (While Michelle Yeoh was appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy 2) and saw Poirot thrust into an investigation when a hated gangster (Johnny Depp) is murdered. Daisey Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Olivia Coleman all starred as passengers on the train, each with a connection to the mobster and a motive for the inspector to sort through and find a killer. The conclusion was one that left audiences and fans of the book series speechless and begging for more, which was an easy choice for the studio to make. 

The second film, Death on the Nile, was released in 2022 (while Michelle Yeoh was winning over audiences in Everything Everywhere All at Once) and continued the inspector’s story while giving fans a deeper look at him as a character. The film saw Poirot in the wrong place at the right time again as the murder of a young heiress (Gal Gadot) begins an investigation into a web of deception that points the finger at nearly everyone who loved her. Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Annette Benning, and Russell Brand all appeared and gave stellar performances. 

Michelle Yeoh joins the third film, A Haunting in Venice, which darkens the franchise as it takes place in an eerie Post-WWII Venice on All Hallows Eve. After the death of a 13-year-old clairvoyant who claimed she witnessed a murder earlier, Poirot begins listing all suspicious deaths in the area and discovers something more nefarious is happening in the city of canals. Since the novel sees the death of a 13-year-old, Yeoh is probably safe, at least at the beginning, but if we’ve learned anything about Christie, everyone is in danger from the get-go. 

Kenneth Branagh is one of the most talented of the lesser-known juggernauts in the industry, known for his contributions as an actor and a director to multiple franchises, including Shakespeare (appearing in four movie adaptations), Marvel Cinematic Universe (director of Thor), Harry Potter (appeared as Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), and most recently the movie adaptations of Agatha Christie’s novels. He produced, directed, and starred in both Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile with stars like Johnny Depp, Gal Gadot, Daisey Ridley, Judi Dench, and Willem Defoe.

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