VISIT THE SPECTACULAR SET OF THE MOVIE
See how director Kenneth Branagh recreated the titular 1920s luxury train, built a colossal train station and brought Agatha Christie’s world-famous murder mystery to life. Stars Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad take you behind the scenes in this special VR edition of People On Location.Read The Article
The spectacular set of Murder on the Orient Express is coming to life.
In a virtual reality experience exclusive to PEOPLE, director Kenneth Branagh explains how he recreated the iconic 1920s luxury train, built a colossal train station and reimagined Agatha Christie’s world-famous murder mystery.
Step inside the Orient Express’s sumptuous Art Deco sleeping, dining and bar cars, visit Stamboul Station (in the U.K.’s Longcross Studios) and learn what it was like to travel in throwback style from stars including Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad in the 360° experience above. For a fully immersive virtual-reality experience using VR goggles, download the LIFE VR app for iOS and Android or visit LIFE VR’s Samsung VR channel.
Branagh also stars in the film as Christie’s famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, who investigates after a passenger is stabbed to death aboard a luxurious sleeper train heading from Istanbul to Paris. Any of his fellow passengers, from a Russian princess (Dench) to a Spanish missionary (Penélope Cruz), could be the killer.
The actor and director says he subtly modernized the story, keeping the sumptuous setting but choosing a globally diverse cast and steering away from making a “period romp” to focus on the plot’s dark edge.
Murder, he said, “is a deeply uncivilized act and it unleashes in its execution the primal, the primitive, the atavistic, and that’s a very dangerous force and it’s right underneath this piece. So that I think that we stayed further away from drawing-room mystery in the sense of a board game, and more into this kind of terrifying encounter with danger and death.”