Murder on the Orient Express Out this week is Sir Kenneth Branagh’s latest take on Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express . The screenplay by Michael Green is based on the 1934 novel stars Branagh as Hercule Poirot, with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley in supporting roles (or suspects as we call them!). On release now. PS Do you recall the 1974 vesion directed by Sidney Lumet? , This version has Hercule Poirot played by Albert Finney, whohas to investigate the murder of an American business tycoon aboard the Orient Express train. The suspects were played by Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins and Wendy Hiller.