We liked director Rian Johnson’s pleasant 2019 hit movie Knives Out as a lot as anybody. So we have been desirous to study extra concerning the upcoming sequels commissioned by Netflix. Fortuitously, the streaming platform simply dropped the primary teaser for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery—and per Johnson, it is much less of a sequel and extra of a brand new standalone thriller that includes Daniel Craig’s philosophically minded Kentucky sleuth Benoit Blanc. Primarily based on the teaser, it appears fabulous, and we will not look forward to the movie’s launch later this fall.
Knives Out premiered on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant and was an on the spot hit, and phrase of mouth unfold rapidly. The movie ended up grossing $311 million worldwide—the top-grossing movie in 2019 not based mostly on present IP. In my review, I praised Johnson’s deft capability to combine darkish material with a lighter contact in his old-school traditional whodunnit: “Assume Clue meets Homicide on the Orient Categorical—or any variety of variations of novels by the grande dame of homicide mysteries, Agatha Christie—each of which the director cited as influences through a 2019 Twitter thread of film posters.”
So naturally there was going to be a sequel… or two. Lionsgate initially took on the mission, however in 2021 Netflix gained a bidding conflict for the rights to the movie plus a second sequel, beating out each Amazon and Apple with a whopping $469 million bid. Johnson wrote the script for Glass Onion throughout the pandemic, impressed significantly by the Christie-based “tropical getaway” whodunnit Evil Below the Solar (1982), in addition to a 1973 movie known as The Last of Sheila.
Craig had forgotten his distinctive Southern drawl since capturing the primary movie, and quite than attempt to wing it, he labored with an accent coach for a number of months to “make it as grounded and anchored in actuality as potential.” Johnson has mentioned that Glass Onion will showcase Blanc’s perspective a bit greater than its predecessor; we’ll meet the brand new characters by means of his eyes. Per the official premise:
If Knives Out was concerning the murderous ties of flesh and blood, Glass Onion makes case for being simply as cautious of 1’s closest buddies. When tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) invitations a few of his nearest and dearest for a getaway on his personal Greek island, it quickly turns into clear that every one just isn’t excellent in paradise. And when somebody turns up lifeless, effectively, who higher than [Benoit] Blanc to peel again the layers of intrigue?
Along with Craig and Norton, the solid consists of Janelle Monae as a tech entrepreneur named Cassandra “Andi” Model; Kathryn Hahn as an formidable governor of Connecticut eager to run for the US Senate; Leslie Odom Jr. as one in every of Bron’s scientists, Lionel Toussaint; Kate Hudson as a designer named Birdie Jay; Jessica Henwick as Birdie’s assistant, Peg; Dave Bautista as a YouTube star named Duke Cody; and Madelyn Cline as Duke’s assistant (and girlfriend) Whiskey. Ethan Hawke may also seem in an as-yet-undisclosed function.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller will make its world debut on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant on September 10. Will probably be launched in choose theaters in November earlier than hitting Netflix on December 23.
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