Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ remake to be filmed on the island
Malta, famous for its beautiful coastline, fascinating history and wealth of culture, has long been a favourite location for Hollywood blockbusters and independent films alike. 2017 is set to be another bumper year of filming for the small Mediterranean island following the announcement that Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ will be shot in Malta.
The shoot will bring some of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers to the island in 2017 including Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley, whilst Penelope Cruz is also rumoured to be joining the cast.
The adaptation of Christie’s classic novel follows Hercule Poirot (Branagh) as he solves the mysterious murder of an unpopular billionaire on board the Orient Express.
Malta is a perennial favourite with film producers, for whom the turquoise lagoons, concealed coves, historic temples and unscathed cliffs make it an ideal filming location: big budget blockbusters including Gladiator, Troy, World War Z , the Da Vinci Code and The Spy Who Loved Me were filmed there as was the ever- popular Game of Thrones series.
Tourists looking to follow in the footsteps of stars such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weis can find out more on through the Malta Film Commission.