While their physical meeting might’ve been pushed by a year, Ali Fazal continues to stay in touch with Death on the Nile co-stars. The Kenneth Branagh’s directorial was expected to hit screens this October but will now open in September 2021. In a chat with a leading daily, Fazal spoke about his co-star Russel Brand, who kept him sane through the months of lockdown. On reading that Brand, in fact, took to Twitter and wrote, “Ali Fazal is a beautiful man, a terrific actor, and had the best damn moustache on the movie.”
Based on Agatha Christie’s book by the same name, the film is an extension of Branagh’s last Christie outing – Murder on the Orient Express. This film stars Gal Gadot, Emma Mackey, Letitia Wright, Annette Bening with Branagh playing Hercule Poirot.
Ali Fazal is undoubtedly one of the foremost and biggest names to have ventured into a steaming show. With Bang Baaja Baarat he became a renowned named across and it was Mirzapur that etched his remarkable acting caliber and versatility. Now with season 2 of the show which released almost 2 months back, Ali Fazal is now growing strength to strength with his future projects.
With several exciting projects coming his way and new announcements anticipated, the buzz is that the fee compensation for Ali is hiked by over 30% since the release of the show. Producers are aware of his image especially amongst the young internet audiences and that has given a huge boost to Ali’s market value for signing new projects.
A source says, “The new season of Mirzapur has done great numbers in the streaming world. This has etched a great place for Ali and his fee hike was something that was meant to happen. A boost of almost 30-40% of his fees is a great value for him”.
Even as he is awaiting the release of his mammoth international movie Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile this month alongside a sublime cast comprising Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer amongst others. India’s latest export to the West – Ali Fazal has bagged the lead role in the prestige project Codename: Johnny Walker. The war drama is based on the New York Times bestseller by the same name and is co-written by American Sniper co-writer Jim Delfice.
A quick search will inform you that Codename: Johnny Walker which is written by Alan Wenkus former writer of the famed chat series – The Tonight Show and Straight Outta Compton, for which he got an Academy Nomination too. The writing of the film has been in the works since September 2015.
Fazal, currently in the midst of promoting his show Mirzapur, in a chat with GQ Magazine of which is the cover star of the month spoke about his latest project.
Once the pandemic permits, Fazal will be in an LA studio shooting for the lead role in the film.
Fazal is quoted saying in the magazine, “People [in the West] are now more open to writing parts that can have actors cast from across the canvas,” mentioning British writer, rapper, and actor Riz Ahmed. “This is very hard to do because you have to get geography out of your head. Naturally, not all movies can do that – an Indian film about a farmer in the hinterland can’t cast Tom Cruise.”
Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile is confirmed for October 23 2020 release. This will be one of the the first major international pictures to see a global release. And looking at these new stills of the film featuring Ali, the actor embodies every bit of the 1930s golden era suave looks.
Based on Agatha Christie’s novel by the same name the film’s cast includes Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Ali Fazal, Letitia Wright, Emma Mackey, Jennifer Saunders, Russell Brand , Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening , Sophie Okonedo and Branagh himself.
Isn’t India’s darling Ali Fazal on a roll lately? After the massive announcement of Death of the Nile last week, the much-awaited Mirzapur second season is ready for release. With the show’s final edit underway, it’s being said that the show will be delivered to the platform by the end of this month. It’s indeed a double celebration for the actors’ fans who’ve waited a long time for these projects and what makes this better is that both his projects arrive together on October 23 exhibiting his sheer range.
Ali says, “I am happy that the world will get to see these two very different cinematic experiences of mine in the same year. And given the fact that Death on The Nile will be one of the first movies to release worldwide in theatres, I feel it will be a fresh change for audiences across the board. If only there was a panel sitting somewhere watching my work, they’d see the range I am aiming for. Both the releases have their audiences and are both two different ends of the spectrum. The opportunities presented in front of me have opened up this range. And for an actor, it is nectar. Right now, I am just hoping that Death On The Nile gets a theatrical release in India.”
The first season of Mirzapur ended on a beautiful cliffhanger and the second one promises an unseen kind of Bhaukaal with Ali’s Guddu Bhaiyya a central figure in the scheme of things. The audience is simply ready for the joyride. Bring it on!
The fine ensemble of Death on the Nile reunited virtually to kick off the promotions of their film. Based on a 1937 novel by the same name, the Agatha Christie bestseller has been adapted on screen by Kenneth Branagh, who doubles up to play Hercule Poirot in the film. The film is a follow up of the 2017 project by Branagh – Murder on the Orient Express. The story of Death on the Nile revolves around Poirot’s Egyptian vacation that goes wrong after he gets involved in a love triangle. The glorious ensemble includes Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening amongst others. The film was shot between September and December in London last year.
Earlier, the film’s promotions were charted out differently which included an exhaustive international tour for the film. As the world found itself battling a pandemic from the start of 2020, it was only natural that the team found innovative ways of promoting their passion project. In a picture posted by Ali’s co-star Armie Hammer on his Instagram handle, it was revealed that the team has kicked off the first round of promotions after the release of their trailer. October is looking like a loaded month for Fazal who will witness the releases of his two distinctly different projects – Death on the Nile and the much-awaited Mirzapur 2.
Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile is confirmed for October 23 2020 release. With going to the cinemas looking like a possibility in the near future, this will be one of the first major international pictures to see a global release. The trailer launched virtually amidst fanfare today on August 19th.
Based on Agatha Christie’s novel by the same name the film’s cast includes Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Ali Fazal, Letitia Wright, Emma Mackey, Jennifer Saunders, Russell Brand, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Sophie Okonedo and Branagh himself. Written by Michael Green, the film is slated for October 23.
Fazal shot for the film for three months in the UK last year. On the home turf, the actor has the second season of Mirzapur coming that is expected to drop on Amazon Prime later this year.
Ali Fazal who will soon be seen alongside Gal Gadot in the latest adaptation of Agastya Christie’s book Death on the Nile being directed by Kenneth Branagh celebrated his birthday with much love and admiration around him last evening. Apart from all the warmth he received from his friends and family back home in India, the actor who’s currently far away in London was in for a sweet birthday surprise dinner courtesy his co-star, Gal Gadot. He took to social media posting an image with Gal and his another co-star Anette Benning and wrote a rather humbling and sweet note thanking them for a wonderful birthday.
After Victoria and Abdul this is Fazal’s next leading role in a major Hollywood production alongside Gal Gadot aka Wonder Woman.
After his major motion picture titular lead in Victoria and Abdul, actor Ali Fazal will now be starring opposite the globally renowned and loved Gal Gadot most famously known as playing the role of Wonder Woman. The duo are set to star in the on screen modern day adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile and is set be directed by Kenneth Branagh. He has to his credit having directed some immensely popular and successful film including the first film the Thor series, Hamlet, As You Like It, Murder on the orient express amongst many others.
The film is based on the famous Agatha Christie Novel “Death on the Nile”. It explores the investigation Hercule poirot sets upon due to certain mysterious events that occur on a cruise ship on the Nile. A murder. As the investigation goes on and a handful of suspects come into question, several of the suspects also meet their demise, further deepening the mystery.
The film is part of the series by 20th Century Fox which earlier saw the much successful film, Murder on the Orient Express taking in major monies at the box office worldwide. This film too boasted of a stellar cast including Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp and others. Death on the Nile has previously been made in 1978 starring legends including Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Mia Farrow and others.
The film goes on floors later this month in London and parts of Europe.
Confirming the news, Ali said, “Yes I am part of this wonderful journey and I look forward to being a part of it. My mother and I have always been huge fans of Agatha Christie Novels.”