"A Haunting In Venice," Kenneth Branagh's third adaptation of an Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot novel, is in theaters Friday
On Tuesday, 20th Century Studios shared a clip from the movie exclusively with PEOPLE, showcasing Fey, 53, as a fictional mystery novelist named Ariadne Oliver as Poirot begins to lay out his investigation for yet another case.
In the clip, Poirot notes that Ariadne was the first person to notice the dead body at the center of A Haunting in Venice's mystery. He then admits the mystery writer has a credible alibi and asks her to assist him in his latest investigation, a testament to a shared history between the two characters.
A Haunting in Venice marks Branagh's third movie adapted from Christie's Hercule Poirot novels, following 2017's Murder on the Orient Express and 2022's Death on the Nile. The new film is adapted from one of the author's lesser-known novels, Hallo'ween Party, published in 1969.
Set in the years after World War II, the new movie meets Branagh's Poirot in Venice, Italy, where he lives in a self-imposed retirement and avoids taking on new investigative work — until Ariadne arrives on his doorstep, intent on getting him back in the game.
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Ariadne, whom the movie establishes as one of the world's foremost mystery novelists and a key player in Poirot's backstory as a detective, invites him to join her at a séance she is attending on Halloween night.
The event is hosted by grieving mother Rowena Drake (Kelly Reilly) at a palazzo she owns that is long rumored to be haunted. As Poirot learns more about the death of Rowena's daughter, he sets off to solve another mystery.
A Haunting in Venice also stars Michelle Yeoh, Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Ali Khan, Emma Laird and Riccardo Scamarcio. Jamie Dornan and Jude Hill, who starred in Branagh's Oscar-winning 2021 movie Belfast, play another father-son duo in the movie as well.
Fey's character Ariadne appears in a number of Christie's novels, including six featuring the detective Poirot.
Christie's official website says the character is "in many ways, a vehicle for Agatha Christie’s own voice, particularly in relation to writing and the public," though Christie herself never admitted the character had more than "a strong dash" of herself.
Prior to Fey taking the part, Ariadne had been portrayed on screen by Jean Stapleton, Julia McKenzie and Zoë Wanamaker in a number of Agatha Christie adaptations.
A Haunting in Venice is in theaters Friday.
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