Break out the mustache wax and pour yourself a stiff G&T, because the first trailer for Death on the Nile—the Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of Agatha Christie’s canonical 1937 crime novel in which Detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a young heiress aboard a cruise ship on the Nile River—has dropped, and let me tell you: it is positively studded with sexy, smoldering, and possibly sinister stars in period garb.
We’re talking charismatic largeman Armie Hammer, Wonder Woman and IDF enthusiast Gal Godot, Black Panther scene-stealer Letitia Wright, underliner of Jon Snow’s ignorance Rose Leslie…and the list goes on.
As a longtime connoisseur of the (oft-maligned) art of trailer making, I can tell you that this is an absolutely top drawer teaser. Maybe it’s the dewy nightclub grinding, maybe its the way a foreboding remix of Depeche Mode’s “Policy of Truth” plays over shots of the shimmering Egyptian landscape and that big ol’ boat, maybe it’s the manner in which that faux-Belgium ham says “I avv investigated many crimes, but this…has altered the shape of my soul,” but whatever it is, congratulations, Kenny, you’ve done it again. I am in.
Death on the Nile arrives in (probably empty) movie theaters on October 23.