Janelle Monae is the latest to join the Knives Out sequel. She joins Dave Bautista and Edward Norton who have also been cast in the sequel opposite Daniel Craig who is reprising his role from the first movie. Rian Johnson will also return to direct and is also producing with Ram Bergman under their T-Street banner.
Plot details are unknown at this time other than Daniel Craig’s enigmatic southern detective Benoit Blanc will be attempting to solve another murder-mystery revolving around a large cast of suspects.
The original Knives Out starred LaKeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, and Toni Collette. The plot of the first film followed the mystery of world renowned crime novelist, Harlan Thrombey, who was found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday. That is when we are introduced to the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc, who is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
As for the sequel, cast details are unknown. Production is set to start this summer in Greece.
Knives Out was released via Lionsgate in 2019, garnering an Oscar nomination and $311.4 million at the box office on a $40 million budget. Moving forward, Netflix has the rights. The streamer acquired the franchise in a massive $469 million deal that includes two sequels and the contingency that Craig must star in the sequels. Also that each film must have at least the $40 million budget of the 2019 original.