Daniel Craig charmed audiences as dogged detective Benoit Blanc in 2019’s Knives Out. The whodunit from director Rian Johnson was a critic and general audience pleaser. And with that film’s mystery resolved, fans wanted a sequel. We found out Johnson was at work on a follow-up to the murder mystery in early 2020. News about the sequel has been scarce since then. But then Netflix threw down major cash for the rights to not only Knives Out 2, but Knives Out 3. A whole Knives Out trilogy!
Here’s everything we know about the Knives Out sequel so far.
The Knives Out sequel officially has its title. The second Knives Out movie will be called Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. While the first title referenced a Radiohead song, the sequel references a song from The Beatles. We will have to wait and see if the song reference has anything to do with the plot.
Knives Out 2‘s Plot
The trilogy will reunite Johnson and Daniel Craig (whom we hope performs with a different ridiculous accent in each film), and we cannot wait. Give him a new mystery to solve, a la Agatha Christie (which is how Johnson envisioned the movie in the first place). He figured out who killed mystery writer Harlan Thrombey and how they did it; a talented and entertaining cast surrounded Craig too. So put Benoit Blanc on the case. We’ll happily watch the suspicion in his eyes while Blanc chews on clues. And I won’t complain if we get another monologue comparable to his musings on the donut and its hole.
Hopes and dreams aside, we don’t have too many details on the plot yet. Although Netflix did recently share in a release:
In the follow up to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colorful suspects.
It’s what we could have expected, but it’s nice to know for sure.
Behind the Scenes
Rian Johnson will return to Knives Out 2 as writer and director. Knives Out cinematographer Steve Yedlin and editor Bob Ducsay will also return for the film.
Knives Out 2‘s Cast
We know Daniel Craig is returning, and a heck of a lot of talented actors are reportedly on board with the project too. So far we have: Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, and Outer Banks star Madelyn Cline. Per Deadline, Jessica Henwick is the latest to join the cast; she is best known for playing Nymeria Sand on Game of Thrones and Colleen Wing in the MCU TV series.
We don’t know who all of these very fine folks are playing yet. Maybe one of them will be a murder victim? But we have finally glimpsed our first look at the new movie.
In a video highlighting its upcoming releases, Netflix shared a glimpse of Knives Out 2. Yes, we can now start analyzing our first images from Knives Out 2. The new Knives Out 2 clip doesn’t tell us much, but it certainly is evocative. We can see a lot of character emerging from these fashion choices. They certainly hint at a messy party to come.
Of course, we also see Craig back as the iconic Detective Benoit Blanc.
A suspicious-looking crew if there ever was one. Maybe we’ll see multiple murders? All we know is that Rian Johnson had better put Dave Bautista in a cable knit sweater.
Knives Out 2‘s Release Date
On June 28, 2021, director Rian Johnson graced Twitter with an announcement. The first day of shooting had kicked off in Greece! Production wrapped in September of 2021.
Aaaaaaaand WE’RE OFF! Day one of filming on the next Benoit Blanc mystery. Thanks to all the lovely patient people here in Greece for letting us do all this murdering on their peaceful shores. pic.twitter.com/SUFptCpl3G— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 28, 2021
And now, Variety has confirmed that this sequel is “expected to release in theaters and the streaming platform in the last quarter of 2022.” However, no official release date has been set. Netflix has additionally shared it will release “this holiday season.”
Originally published on March 31, 2021.