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Knives Out 2: What We Know So Far About The Rian Johnson Sequel

Daniel Craig in Knives Out

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A tagline in the trailer for Knives Out promised that Rian Johnson’s suspenseful thriller starring Daniel Craig would be “a whodunnit like no one has done it before,” and the twisted, wonderfully acted, and thoroughly hilarious film turned out to be just that, earning an Oscar nomination and $300 million worldwide. So, naturally, a Knives Out 2 is on the horizon.

Just like master private investigator Benoit Blanc, we have a few questions about this upcoming follow-up to Rian Johnson’s clever masterpiece which, as of now, is just a donut with a hole in the middle… a donut hole. Until we fill that hole, we shall take a deeper look into what we already know about Knives Out 2.

Rian Johnson directs Chris Evans and Ana de Armas on the set of Knives Out

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Rian Johnson Is Returning To Write And Direct Knives Out 2

Knives Out was a great turning point in Rian Johnson’s career as a follow-up to his polarizing, yet financially successful Star Wars: The Last Jedi, by earning impressive box office returns and widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike. It proved to be such a wonderful experience, during production and after, that the filmmaker was inspired to change his mind about sequels and expand on the world of his mystery film with a follow-up. Rian Johnson wrote the screenplay for Knives Out and is also returning to direct the sequel.

Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Noah Segan, and Lakeith Stanfield in Knives Out

Knives Out 2 Will Have A New Story And Setting

The cleverly constructed story of a meek, young nurse (Ana de Armas) at odds with an eccentric family after the mysterious death of their wealthy mystery novelist patriarch (Christopher Plummer) was so rich in wonderful characters and intriguing family drama that returning to the world of Knives Out is an exciting idea. Apparently, however, that will not exactly be the case for the sequel.

Instead of focusing on the continuing saga of The Thombey Clan, Rian Johnson promised in an interview with Jess Cagle on SiriusXM that Knives Out 2 will be another spin on the classic whodunit genre, but with an entirely new story in a different setting and will focus on the lives of a new cast of characters. What it will be about is still unknown at the moment, but one beloved figure of the Knives Out universe is set to make a return.

Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc in Knives Out

Daniel Craig Will Return As Benoit Blanc In Knives Out 2

Even before Knives Out 2 was confirmed to be in development, Rian Johnson had been teasing the idea of a sequel following Daniel Craig’s southern-accented, cigar-chomping, dessert-metaphor spewing detective Benoit Blanc on another brain-scrambling case. The No Time to Die star, who also expressed interest in reprising the role prior to the official announcement of the sequel, has been confirmed by the director to be returning for the upcoming new film.

The famed private investigator, who rose to prominence following a profile in The New Yorker of which he was the subject, at first appeared to be an unnecessary, and almost bumbling, presence in the investigation of Harlan Thrombey's death, which seemed like an open-and-shut case of suicide. Daniel Craig's character was even judgmental of his own deductive reasoning, on account that he was unable to identify the anonymous person who hired him for the case in the first place. However, by the conclusion of Knives Out, Benoit Blanc manages to piece together the events prior to and following Harlan Thrombey's death with pinpoint accuracy, ultimately rendering any criticism of his skill a moot point.

This brand new whodunit that will, once again, put Benoit Blanc at the forefront and could be the beginning of an anthology of mysteries revolving around the detective, a la Agatha Christie’s series of Hercule Poroit novels, such as Murder on the Orient Express. Even without the possibility of seeing the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis or Chris Evans making a return as their Thrombey Family characters, that concept alone is very exciting, especially considering the talent Rian Johnson has already roped in for Knives Out 2.

Dave Bautista in Spectre

Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, And More Have Joined The Knives Out 2 Cast

The name announced for the Knives Out 2 cast was Daniel Craig’s silent Spectre foe, Dave Bautista - arguably, be the greatest wrestler-turned-actor Hollywood has ever seen with range he has shown in Marvel movies and Blade Runner 2049, to name a few. Fellow Marvel stars Kathryn Hahn, of WandaVision cast fame, and Jessica Henwick, from Netflix's original Marvel TV shows, will appear along with Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, who was also in the MCU at one time.

Grammy-nominee Janelle Monáe continues her impressive foray into acting with a role speculated to be similar to Ana de Armas’ Marta Cabrera. Knives Out 2 also Academy Award nominee and Hamilton cast stand-out Leslie Odom Jr.'s second whodunnit 2017's after Murder on the Orient Express. Rising star Madelyn Cline, known for Stranger Things and the Outer Banks cast, will also join in on the fun and I would not be surprised if Almost Famous cast member Kate Hudson, who recently broke a long acting hiatus, is playing her mother.

The mansion from Knives Out

Knives Out 2 Is Filming In Greece

When Knives Out 2 was first announced, we decided to have a little fun and give Rian Johnson a few suggestions for what we would like to see in the sequel. In addition to giving Joseph Gordon-Levitt a bigger starring role and having Benoit Blanc use more dessert metaphors, we also recommended a warmer climate this time than Boston in the fall. Well, our wishes have been granted.

It was revealed earlier in 2021 that Knives Out 2 would be filmed in Greece, but with no confirmed details of when production would start. That was until mid-June, when Leslie Odom Jr. revealed to Collider that he and the cast were heading European country the following week, but that is no reason to count the sequel on your 2021 movies schedule. However, we do know exactly where you will be able to find the film when it comes out.

Knives Out 2 is coming to Netflix

Knives Out 2 Will Premiere On Netflix

It was just a few months after Knives Out was released in theaters and to great success that Lionsgate went forward with greenlighting the follow-up. However, Rian Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman own and license the property and, after COVID-19 caused a major roadblock to the theater industry in 2020, the duo decided to play safe and move the sequel to streaming.

After holding a “discreet” auction that included competing platforms such as Amazon and Apple TV+, Netflix ended up securing the rights to distribute Knives Out 2 for a whopping $450 million, and will likely drop the sequel sometime in 2022. The deal also came with more exciting news.

A surprised Daniel Craig in Knives Out

Knives Out 3 Is Already In The Works

Daniel Craig’s performance in Knives Out and the depth and irresistible intrigue of his character alone demands plenty more adventures than one sequel, as far as I am concerned. Well, thankfully, Knives Out 2 will not be the last Benoit Blanc mystery after all.

After acquiring the rights to the second chapter to Rian Johnson’s mystery hit, Netflix announced plans to make a Knives Out 3 as well. It should be noted, however, that these are not intended to be the official titles of the second and third installments of the franchise, which brings us to our next topic...

Books by Harlan Thrombey, Christopher Plummer's character in Knives Out

What Will Be The Official Title Of Knives Out 2?

Considering that this follow-up to Knives Out is intended to be more of a new chapter in the case files of Benoit Blanc than a sequel in the traditional sense, we have to assume that the film will be given a more distinctive title than Knives Out 2, right? Perhaps it could be subtitled as A Mystery from the World of Knives Out, or A Benoit Blanc Mystery, or something along those lines, but adding a 2 does not seem to do the concept justice.

As of now, no official title has been confirmed and the sequel is only being commonly referred to as Knives Out 2, but the film’s official Twitter account enlisted the help of fans to tweet out their suggestions with some real head-turning results. Rian Johnson himself tweeted an admission that he was so entertained by reading the responses that it kept him from getting any writing on the screenplay done that day. Maybe fans should keep their eyes peeled for 2 Knives 2 Out.

The cast of the original Knives Out

How Can You Watch The Original Knives Out?

Knives Out is that rare kind of mystery thriller that is so relentlessly entertaining that it demands repeat viewings, even when you know the ending. Even if it is no longer playing in a theater near you, it can be easily accessed for viewing in the comfort of your own home.

At the moment, Knives Out is one of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video, on which it can also be rented digitally Or, if you’re the old school type, you can also head to Amazon to purchase the movie on Blu-ray or DVD.

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Rian Johnson already delivered his promise to make a whodunnit like no one had ever done it before with Knives Out in 2019. How will he manage to do it much differently than how he did it with this sequel? That is a mystery that only waiting to see Knives Out 2, whenever it drops on Netflix, can solve.

Jason Wiese

Jason has been writing since he was able to pick up a washable marker, with which he wrote his debut illustrated children's story, later transitioning to a short-lived comic book series and (very) amateur filmmaking before finally settling on pursuing a career in writing about movies in lieu of making them. Look for his name in just about any article related to Batman.