“Magnificent” is that actor-director Kenneth Branagh describes his experiences working with Christopher Nolan’s much-awaited Tenet and Ali Fazal in his directorial Death in the Nile.
Branagh , who is awaiting the release of his film Artemis Fowl on Disney + Plus this Friday, said Kapadia has an important role in Tenet.
“He has got a very tough part in Tenet. I know that our master director, Mr. Nolan, was completely thrilled with him and our lead man, John David Washington, by the time they were working together, they had completely fallen in love with him.
Nolan, known for films such as Dark Knight Triology, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk, has a star-studded cast for the film. Kapadia stars alongside actors such as John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine, Clemens Posey and Himesh Patel.
Branagh said that even though he did not get to share screen space with Kapadia, he was very aware of the film’s presence. “When we knew she was flying, there was great excitement. He described himself as very nervous. But then we heard about a rehearsal she had with Christopher Nolan and John David Washington, and they both came away and said, ‘Well, if he’s panicking, I don’t know what’s cool.’ Because she was perfect and quite strange. As far as they were concerned and completely graceful and delightful with the crew. So he made a tremendous impression, ”the 59-year-old actor said.
Branagh, however, refrains from telling anything about Tenet’s mind-bending plot, which Nolan had previously seen as a spy thriller spanning several countries.
Tenet is expected to be one of the first films to hit the screens in July after theaters reopened after being forced to close. The film’s release date is 17 July.
Branagh is the entirety of Fazal, who works in the film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death in Army, along with Army Hammer, Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Annette Bing, Rose Leslie, Russell Brand, and Emma McKay.
The film is a follow-up to Branagh in his 2017 blockbuster The Murder on the Orient Express, which is also based on the book of a reputable author of the same name.
The actor, who is also reprising his role of iconic detective Hercule Poirot in the follow-up, hailed Fazal as a “genuine detail man” whose various talents were an added bonus. “It was a pleasure to work with Ali, an absolute bliss. He is a total supporter. He is a factual statement. He was completely caught up in how the character looked and was very accurate, but also very playful. When I asked him to improve he could improve. He has an amazing sense of humor inside him. He is energetic and physically very adroit, so he was involved in both dance and action pieces. So his gifts were great that way. He was a great costume player. He was incredibly popular with our artists, they loved him.
Death on the Nile will be released by Disney-owned 20th Century Studios on 9 October.
Overall, Branagh stated that he had an amazing time working with two Indian stars on these much-awaited films. “So my experience at a distance with Dimple and with Ali was awesome,” he concluded.