Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reunite on-screen for the first time since 2016 in Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot thriller Death on the Nile

  • Jennifer, 62,  plays wealthy American socialite and kleptomaniac Marie van Schuyler while Dawn takes on the role of her nurse Mrs Bowers
  • Kenneth Branagh reprises his role as legendary Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in the first trailer for Death on the Nile on Wednesday
  • The 59-year-old acting vet serves as both star and director in the upcoming adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder mystery
  • The thriller is the sequel to 2017's Branagh helmed Murder on the Orient Express
  • Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Rose Leslie and Russell Brand complete the all-star cast 
  • Poirot's iconic mustache got a make-under for the film and has been toned down from the over-the-top version sported by Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express 
  • Death on the Nile is set for release on October 23

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Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have reunited on-screen for the first time in four years in the upcoming film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile.

Iconic comedy duo French and Saunders, both aged 62, donned 1930s costumes as they appeared in the first trailer for the star-studded whodunnit, directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Jennifer plays wealthy American socialite and kleptomaniac Marie van Schuyler while Dawn takes on the role of her nurse Mrs Bowers. 

Iconic:  Dawn French (right) and Jennifer Saunders have reunited on-screen for the first time in four years in the upcoming film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile

Iconic:  Dawn French (right) and Jennifer Saunders have reunited on-screen for the first time in four years in the upcoming film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile

The characters were previously immortalised on screen for the 1978 film by Bette Davis and Dame Maggie Smith. Sir Peter Ustinov starred as Poirot. 

French and Saunders last appeared on screen together in the 2016 Absolutely Fabulous movie.

Their popular BBC sketch show ran from 1987 to 1993 and returned for sporadic Christmas specials 

French and Saunders' popular sketch show ran on the BBC from 1987 until 1993 but returned for the occasional Christmas special until 2005. 

Movie history: The characters were previously immortalised on screen for the 1978 film by Bette Davis and Dame Maggie Smith

Movie history: The characters were previously immortalised on screen for the 1978 film by Bette Davis and Dame Maggie Smith

Back together: Jennifer plays wealthy American socialite and kleptomaniac Marie van Schuyler while Dawn takes on the role of her nurse Mrs Bowers

Back together: Jennifer plays wealthy American socialite and kleptomaniac Marie van Schuyler while Dawn takes on the role of her nurse Mrs Bowers

Drama: Dawn's character Mrs Bowers looks saddened in a dramatic still from the film alongside Rose Leslie (Louise Bourget) and Russell Brand (Dr. Bessner)

Drama: Dawn's character Mrs Bowers looks saddened in a dramatic still from the film alongside Rose Leslie (Louise Bourget) and Russell Brand (Dr. Bessner)

In the thriller Kenneth Branagh is back as the legendary mustached detective Hercule Poirot to suss out an all-new killer from a crop of famous faces traveling down the Nile.

Gal Gadot, Leticia Wright and Armie Hammer also co-star in the first trailer for Death on the Nile, which dropped on  Wednesday.

The film serves as the sequel to 2017's hit Murder on the Orient Express which once again teams up Branagh, 59, as star and director with screenwriter Michael Green.

Whodunit?In the thriller Kenneth Branagh is back as the legendary mustached detective Hercule Poirot to suss out an all-new killer from a crop of famous faces traveling down the Nile

Whodunit?In the thriller Kenneth Branagh is back as the legendary mustached detective Hercule Poirot to suss out an all-new killer from a crop of famous faces traveling down the Nile

Set on a glamorous river cruise down the Nile, Detective Poirot's luxurious holiday becomes a murder investigation when someone on the boat turns up dead. 

'The romance of the desert has the power to seduce,' Poirot begins in a voiceover over picturesque snaps of the world famous Egyptian pyramids.  

He asks: 'Have you ever loved so much, been so possessed by jealousy, that you might kill?' 

For the Agatha Christie sequel, Branagh appears to have given his stalwart detective a bit of a make-under.

All-star: Gal Gadot leads a star-studded cast including Leticia Wright and Armie Hammer in the thrilling murder mystery

All-star: Gal Gadot leads a star-studded cast including Leticia Wright and Armie Hammer in the thrilling murder mystery 

Mystery: Set on a glamorous river cruise down the Nile, Detective Poirot's luxurious holiday becomes a murder investigation when someone on the boat turns up dead
Source material: The upcoming film is an adaptation of an Agatha Christie mystery

Mystery: Set on a glamorous river cruise down the Nile, Detective Poirot's luxurious holiday becomes a murder investigation when someone on the boat turns up dead

'The romance of the desert has the power to seduce,' Poirot begins in a voiceover over picturesque snaps of the world famous Egyptian pyramids and the Nile river

'The romance of the desert has the power to seduce,' Poirot begins in a voiceover over picturesque snaps of the world famous Egyptian pyramids and the Nile river

All time great: The upcoming murder mystery is based on Christie's 1937 novel of the same name, one of 66 titles written by the author. She is the best selling fiction writer of all time

All time great: The upcoming murder mystery is based on Christie's 1937 novel of the same name, one of 66 titles written by the author. She is the best selling fiction writer of all time

Poirot's legendary mustache has been significantly toned down for Death on the Nile, a contrast to the over-the-top bushy grooming from Murder on the Orient Express. 

The upcoming murder mystery is based on Christie's 1937 novel of the same name, one of 66 titles written by the author. She is the best selling fiction writer of all time.  

The thrilling whodunit sees a relationship turn into a jealous love triangle, turn into betrayal and finally, a murder. And, everyone is a suspect. 

Cleaned up! Poirot's legendary mustache has been significantly toned down for Death on the Nile, a contrast to the over-the-top bushy grooming from Murder on the Orient Express (pictured)
Suave: For the Agatha Christie sequel, Branagh appears to have given his stalwart detective a bit of a make-under

Cleaned up! Poirot's legendary mustache has been significantly toned down for Death on the Nile (right), a contrast to the over-the-top bushy grooming from Murder on the Orient Express (left)

Branagh brought together an all-star ensemble cast with Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Rose Leslie, and Russell Brand.  

The group of characters-turned-suspects is made up of both employees on the river steamer as well as travelers and they all seem to have a motive to kill. 

The trailer sees holiday makers enjoying the stunning vistas off the boat deck, drinking, dancing and partying until a piercing scream changes everything. 

'Have you ever loved so much, been so possessed by jealousy, that you might kill?'

Pointing fingers: The thrilling whodunit sees a relationship turn into a jealous love triangle, turn into betrayal and finally, a murder

Pointing fingers: The thrilling whodunit sees a relationship turn into a jealous love triangle, turn into betrayal and finally, a murder

Death: When a young heiress turns up dead on the boat, Poirot sees everyone as a potential suspects and one of them will be unmasked as the killer by the film's end

Death: When a young heiress turns up dead on the boat, Poirot sees everyone as a potential suspects and one of them will be unmasked as the killer by the film's end

Seductive:In this film still, the movie's 1920's 'Jazz Age' aesthetic can be seen used to full effect for a dance sequence

Seductive:In this film still, the movie's 1920's 'Jazz Age' aesthetic can be seen used to full effect for a dance sequence

When a young heiress turns up dead on the boat, Poirot sees everyone as a potential suspects and one of them will be unmasked as the killer by the film's end. 

In his signature Poirot style, the detective brings everyone together in one room and systematically weaves the story of the murder and the murderer. 

'The crime is murder, the murderer is one of you,' Branagh's mustached Poirot tells the room of suspects. 

Star power: Branagh brought together an all-star ensemble cast with Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, , Rose Leslie, and Russell Brand

Star power: Branagh brought together an all-star ensemble cast with Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, , Rose Leslie, and Russell Brand

Behind the scenes: The film will have an authentic vibe as it was shot on location in Egypt

Behind the scenes: The film will have an authentic vibe as it was shot on location in Egypt

Everything changes: Drinking, dancing and partying on the cruise gives way to a murder investigation in Death on the Nile

Everything changes: Drinking, dancing and partying on the cruise gives way to a murder investigation in Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile is the second in Branagh's adaptations of Christie's novels and has his sights set on creating a film franchise based on the iconic mystery writers 66 works. 

This is not the first adaptation of the book, however, an earlier 1978 version was equally star-studded seeing Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury  and Maggie Smith in key roles.

Death on the Nile is expected out this fall and earlier in the pandemic, Branagh had said that he had his sights set on a theater opening. 

Talented! Branagh not only stars in the film but also directs - as he did in Murder on the Orient express

Way back when: This is not the first adaptation of the book, however, an earlier 1978 version starred Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury and Maggie Smith
History: Death on the Nile is one of 66 Agatha Christie mysteries

Way back when: This is not the first adaptation of the book, however, an earlier 1978 version starred Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury and Maggie Smith

'The studio have seen the film and are very very supportive of it. We are very excited by it,' Kenneth told EW in May. 

Adding: 'We are continuing to fly the flag for the big screen experience. We're prone to the challenges of social distancing and isolation (but) so far so good.' 

The film is set to be released October 23, 2020. 

Coming soon: Death on the Nile is set to be released October 23, 2020

Coming soon: Death on the Nile is set to be released October 23, 2020

Hieroglyphs: Annette Bening and Tom Bateman seen here in one of the film's Egyptian locales

Hieroglyphs: Annette Bening and Tom Bateman seen here in one of the film's Egyptian locales

All star cast: The forthcoming film's poster shows just how star-studded the film's cast is, with names such as Armie Hammer, Russell Brand and Annette Bening all listed, among many other luminaries

All star cast: The forthcoming film's poster shows just how star-studded the film's cast is, with names such as Armie Hammer, Russell Brand and Annette Bening all listed, among many other luminaries

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Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reunite on-screen in Death on the Nile

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