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A Haunting In Venice Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot And More Details

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Fans of Hercule Poirot, rejoice! Another mystery by Agatha Christie will be hitting the silver screen this year, just in time for fall festivities to begin. As part of the beloved Kenneth Branagh series, this third sequel follows "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Death on the Nile," which adapted the classic detective stories of the same name in 2017 and 2022, respectively. 

This upcoming film has a different name from its source material, so audiences may be curious to see if the title is the only separation from the book. While the mystery being adapted has been seen in a few television iterations, it is completely new to the movie scene so fans of Christie and mystery fanatics will be delighted to see how this adaptation explores the famously mustached Hercule Poirot in another adventure of intrigue and suspense. Here are all of the details for 20th Century Studios and Disney's upcoming "A Haunting in Venice."

When will A Haunting in Venice be released?

Hercule Poirot's next adventure is set to haunt movie theaters on September 15, 2023. That's more or less the start of spooky season, and just a few days earlier, horror hounds will be treated to "The Nun 2." Which supernatural story will perform better at the box office? We're not sure, but we'll definitely be checking out both film. Circle September 15 on your calendar, and get ready for "A Haunting in Venice" to scare and surprise you.

What is the plot of A Haunting in Venice?

"A Haunting in Venice" is inspired by Agatha Christie's 1969 novel "Hallowe'en Party," but how closely it will follow the source material is unknown. The film's logline reads, "Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world's most glamorous city, [Hercule] Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets."

If the film stays truthful to the novel, the first victim will be a 13-year-old girl who winds up dead after revealing she witnessed a murder. But will she be found dead in a tub of apples like in the novel? We'll see. Since this novel hasn't been adapted in this way before, there is endless potential for how it could be rendered on the big screen, and Branagh is quite excited about its potential. 

The film will also focus on some of Poirot's personal struggles, as he wonders whether or not there's an afterlife. Speaking with Variety, writer-director Kenneth Branagh said, "He has to face his ghosts via a story that is making him try to understand whether there is something on the other side." The lead actor also went on to say the film is set in "a supernatural world where the normal rules do not apply," so we're excited to see the spooky turns this film will take.

Who is starring in A Haunting in Venice?

While everyone knows that Kenneth Branagh will be returning as the director and as the main detective, Hercule Poirot — mustache and all — there are a few other beloved actors accompanying Poirot on his latest adventure, as well as some newer faces.

Kelly Reilly of "Yellowstone" fame will play the mother of a dead girl, which will lead to a séance presided over by Michelle Yeoh of "Everything Everywhere All at Once." Tina Fey of "30 Rock" will play Hercule's close ally, Ariadne Oliver, while Jamie Dornan and Jude Hill of "Belfast" will play a father-and-son duo. The film will also star Kyle Allen ("American Horror Story"), Camille Cottin ("House of Gucci"), Ali Khan ("The School for Good and Evil"), Emma Laird ("Mayor of Kingstown"), and Riccardo Scamarcio ("Master of None").

Place your bets on who the murderer (or murderers) is now, and stay away from the novel if you want to avoid spoilers.

Who is directing A Haunting in Venice?

Veteran actor and director Kenneth Branagh is returning to the helm of yet another Agatha Christie adaptation. As previously mentioned, Branagh directed "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Death on the Nile," while also starring as the lead, Hercule Poirot. The actor-director expressed his excitement for the upcoming mystery film. "This is a fantastic development of the character Hercule Poirot, as well as the Agatha Christie franchise," he told Variety. "Based on a complex, little-known tale of mystery set at Halloween in a pictorially ravishing city, it is an amazing opportunity for us, as filmmakers, and we are relishing the chance to deliver something truly spine-chilling for our loyal movie audiences."

Outside of the Agatha Christie Universe, Branagh is no stranger to directing. He's helmed "Thor," 2014's "Cinderella," "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," and "Belfast," to name a few. The latter earned the director an Oscar for best original screenplay at the 2023 Academy Awards.

Who wrote A Haunting in Venice?

The script for "A Haunting in Venice" has been penned by Michael Green, and while you might not recognize that name, you've definitely seen Green's work. The scribe has written some of the most respected genre movies in recent memory. He earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing one of the best superhero movies of all time with "Logan," and he did the unthinkable by c0-writing a killer "Blade Runner" sequel with "Blade Runner 2049." He's also penned scripts for projects like "Alien: Covenant," "Jungle Cruise," and both previous movies starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot. In other words, Green is one of the best in the business, and he's incredibly familiar with the world created by Agatha Christie.

Is there a trailer for A Haunting in Venice?

The official trailer for "A Haunting in Venice" promises the film will be Hercule Poirot's most difficult — and terrifying — case yet. As we see in the trailer, the mustachioed detective is summoned to the titular Italian city by his close friend, Ariadne Oliver, who's completely stumped by a powerful psychic. The woman claims she can speak with the dead, and Ariadne can't crack the con. "I am the smartest person I've ever met," she declares, "and I can't figure it out, so I came to the second."

With Hercule on the case, surely he'll have this psychic figured out in no time, right? Not so fast. As the investigator attends a seance, we see all sorts of strange horrors, from the medium channeling the voice of a child to ghostly specters appearing in hallways. Worse still, the seance ends with someone dead, and now, Hercule has a murder to solve. But as the night drags on, the detective's belief in the rational begins to give ground. "No one shall leave until I find if the living have been killed by the dead," he says, and judging by all the creepy little kids running around, Hercule's super skills might be bested by the supernatural.

Where to watch other movies in the Hercule Poirot universe

While one isn't required to watch Kenneth Branagh's other films to understand "A Haunting in Venice," having a mystery movie night has never left anyone unhappy. But if you want to brush up on Poirot's sleuthing, you're in luck as "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Death on the Nile" are available online.

"Murder on the Orient Express" is currently streaming on Freeve, and you can rent it for $3.99 on digital platforms like Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play. And for those with a subscription to Hulu or HBO Max, the sequel film "Death on the Nile" can be found on either streaming service. If not, don't worry. The film is also available to rent for $3.99 on YouTube, Vudu, Prime Video, and Google Play.