“A Haunting in Venice” Trailer Finds Hercules Poirot Thrust Into a Terrifying Mystery

Hercules Poirot is back, although the weary detective was trying to live a quiet life in Venice.

The official trailer for director/star Kenneth Branagh’s A Haunting in Venice has arrived, finding Poirot (Branagh) trying to live a quiet life in the gorgeous, water-riven Italian city. It’s All Hallow’s Eve in Venice, World War II has ended, and Poirot agrees—not happily—to attend a séance. You know what happens anytime Poirot joins a gathering, one of the guests won’t live through the night, and the ingenious detective is once again thrust into the center of a murder mystery. This time, however, rather than find himself cloistered on a train or a boat, Poirot will need to ply his trade in that ever-mysterious, hard-to-navigate city.

And who invites Poirot to this séance? Ariadne Oliver (Tina Fey), a woman who thinks herself as smart as they come, yet who can’t figure out just how the woman leading the séance is pulling off the theatrics. So, she gets Poirot to go by playing up his skills. Because she can’t spot the con—and it has to be a con, right?—she challenges Poirot to do so himself. The person leading the séance is Mrs. Reynolds (recent Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh), and she claims she really can commune with the dead. Once the séance begins, the mysteries deepen, the shadows creep, and a dead child is seemingly brought back before the assembled guests. And then things get really interesting.

The cast, as always in a Branagh film and especially so in this franchise, boasts a bevy of excellent performers. Joining Fey and Yeoh are Kelly Reilly, Jamie Dornan, Emma Laird, and Camille Cottin. 

This is Branagh’s third film as Poirot, having directed and starred in 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and 2022’s Death on the Nile. Michael Green (Logan) penned the script, which he adapted from Agatha Christie’s novel “Hallowe’en Party.”

Check out the trailer below. A Haunting in Venice arrives in theaters on September 15.

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Featured image: Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot in 20th Century Studios’ A HAUNTING IN VENICE. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.


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