Rian Johnson’s Knives Out was the runaway success of 2019 featuring a vast ensemble cast and an intricate mystery that genuinely kept you guessing. Earning $311.4million from a $40million budget, the film’s sequel is now gaining great traction with announcements seemingly every other day surrounding the film and its cast.
The latest news is that Jessica Henwick, due to star opposite Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the fourth instalment of The Matrix, has joined the cast of Johnson’s much-anticipated sequel. Her casting joins fellow actors Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline and Edward Norton, in yet another impressive group of cast members.
This follows news released in April that reported that Netflix bought the Knives Out franchise for $450million, a deal which includes rights to both the series’ second instalment, as well as Knives Out 3 further down the line.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the private detective Benoit Blanc, whilst Rian Johnson, nominee for Best Original Screenplay at both The Baftas and The Oscars, will write and direct the two upcoming films.
Often looked upon unfairly for his work on the fractured Star Wars sequel trilogy in The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson has plenty of experience working on several different types of films and is highly proficient in his execution. From 2005s neo-noir thriller Brick starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt to 2012s time-bending sci-fi Looper, with Bruce Willis, the director has consistently shown his quality, with Knives Out being a thrilling bounce back from his disappointing Star Wars outing.
Knives Out 2 will follow a whole new family and plot, diverting from the Thrombey family, whilst Daniel Craig’s steely detective, Benoit Blanc, remains on the job. Johnson has also expressed his desire to follow the template of the Christie novels, setting his sequel film in Greece instead of New England.
We highly anticipate the series’ second instalment.