Casting details have been announced for Knives Out 2, the sequel to Rian Johnson’s critically acclaimed mystery thriller Knives Out.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role of Detective Benoit Blanc from the first film. It has subsequently been unveiled that Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista will feature alongside Craig in the sequel. They will be joined by Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk, Fight Club), Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Antebellum), Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision), and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton, One Night in Miami).
Furthermore, it was reported yesterday that Kate Hudson will also be starring in the new film.
It has recently been revealed that Craig, Johnson, and producer Ram Bergman have struck a deal with Netflix worth more than $400 million. This means that not only will we see Knives Out 2, but ultimately there will be a third installment on our screens at some point.
Knives Out was met with critical and commercial success when it was released in 2019 due to its impressive storytelling and all-star cast ensemble. It featured the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, and the late Christopher Plummer. It brought in a profit of over $300 million at the global box office, and Netflix managing to secure the rights to at least two more sequels is a major coup for the streaming giant.
In the first film, we saw Craig ditch his usual British suave, for an over-the-top southern American accent. And with this accent, we saw Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc investigate the suspicious death of Harlem Thrombey (Plummer). Blanc interrogates the the entire family, including Thrombey’s carer Marta (de Armas) and his irritable grandson Hugh Ransom Drysdale (Evans).
Filming is due to commence later this summer in Greece. And although the plot is still unknown, Craig adopting that over-the-top accent again, in what should be a beautiful new setting, will make for almost guaranteed entertainment.
Words by Jen Charlton.
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