Kenneth Branagh returns as iconic detective Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile / Picture Credit: 20th Century Studios
Kenneth Branagh returns as iconic detective Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile / Picture Credit: 20th Century Studios

Based on the critically-acclaimed 1937 novel of the same name by the iconic murder mystery writer Agatha Christie, comes 2022 big screen release, Death on the Nile.

Kenneth Branagh makes his return both behind the camera and in front of it, serving as director on the feature as well as starring in the lead role of detective Hercule Poirot.

He's joined by four-time Oscar nominee Aneette Bening, as well as Tom Bateman, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Lesllie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright, in one of the year's most star-studded releases.

When Poirot goes to Egypt for a stunning getaway aboard a glamorous river steamer, his peace is soon shattered when murder takes place on board the vessel. This leads to a race against time in a terrifying search for a killer, who could strike again at any minute.

The filmmaking team behind 2017's global hit Murder on the Orient Express returns for Death on the Nile, whcih is written by Michael Green and produced by Ridley Scott, Judy Hofflung and Kevin J. Walsh, alongside Branagh.

Those who didn't get the chance to check the movie out when it hit cinemas will soon be able to enjoy Death on the Nile at home, as it's set to debut on March 30th, 2022 on streaming platform Disney+ in the UK and Ireland.

Filmed all the way back in 2019, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic meant that the release of Death on the Nile was delayed a number of times, but also that those working on the piece had more time to fine-tune the project.

The result is an instant transportation for audiences back to the 1930s, thanks to the use of 65mm Panavision cameras that allow the cinematography to envelop viewers within the epic landscapes featured.

TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of criminal allegations against actor Armie Hammer

Whilst Death on the Nile is certainly a must-watch for Christie fans and anybody who enjoys the murder mystery genre, the inclusion of Armie Hammer could put some off.

Allegations of sexual assault against the actor came out in early 2021, as well as the release of private messages which were explicit in nature and focused on the star's alleged fetishes, like "cutting toes" and "drinking blood", as well as full-blown cannabilism.

Hammer's lawyers denied the allegations, claiming that all interactions with accusers were consensual, but the star was dropped from a slew of projects and his talent agency.

Unfortunately, it looks as though it was untenable to film Death on the Nile with a new actor in Hammer's place, thus staining the film as a whole for many.

RELATED: Kenneth Branagh set to return as Poirot in third film, 20th Century Studios President reveals

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