Amazon announces release date, drops trailer for Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders


Agatha Christie’s detective, Hercule Poirot, is returning to television to solve another murder in Amazon Prime’s The ABC Murders, and now a trailer for the series has dropped and a release date had been announced.

The ABC Murders, a three-episode limited series, will be released on Prime Video in the USA on February 1. In this adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel, Oscar nominee John Malkovich will play the role of Hercule Poirot, although without Poirot’s typically extravagant mustache. The Casual Vacancy‘s Sarah Phelps is writing and executive producing the series.

This is the second of three adaptations of Agatha Christie’s work coming to Prime Video. The first, Ordeal by Innocence, was released in August 2018. It was also produced and written by Phelps.

While Ordeal by Innocence didn’t involve Poirot, his inclusion in The ABC Murders should be a particular draw for Christie fans. The series is set in 1933 where a killer, who uses the alias ABC, is crisscrossing Britain by train.

A copy of the ABC railway guide is left at each murder, which follows a pattern based on the alphabet.

Poirot comes to investigate but ends up finding resistance everywhere. Ultimately, he must risk everything, including his very identity, to solve the case and catch the killer.

Check out the trailer below.

In addition to Malkovich, the series stars Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint, Twin Peaks‘ Eamon Farren, Harlots‘ Bronwyn James, Broadchurch‘s Andrew Buchan, and The White Queen‘s Freya Mavor.

This isn’t the first time in recent memory that Detective Poirot has been seen onscreen. Kenneth Branaugh played the character on the big screen in his 2017 remake of Murder on the Orient Express. That movie took in more than $100 million domestically, demonstrating audience’s continued interest in the character and in Christie adaptations.

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The ABC Murders will feature an older, but no less dogged, version of Poirot, differentiating it from many other screen interpretations of the character.

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(Source: Deadline)