Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will helm murder-mystery movie Knives Out, starring James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.
Knives Out might sound like a reference to the fandom that started a social media maelstrom in reaction to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it’s actually the title of a murder mystery that will serve as director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to that $1.3 billion worldwide-grossing Star Wars sequel. That fact alone gives Knives Out a good amount of gravitas as it touts a star in James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, who will be joined by Captain America himself, Chris Evans. The high-profile duo are joined by an incredible cast.
A surprise announcement at September’s Toronto Film Festival of Rian Johnson’s written/directorial follow-up movie – and the casting of star Daniel Craig – was a proverbial airhorn designed to preemptively attract prospective bidders at the industry festivities. Johnson not only directed the film off his own script, but served as a producer alongside repertory producing partner Ram Bergman.
Knives Out Trailer
The first trailer for Knives Out is upon us, revealing the mystery movie as a tounge-in-cheek style whodunnit. Besides the main character concept of Daniel Craig as a detective – an apparent combination of Hercule Poirot with Foghorn Leghorn’s accent – the surreal scenario of Captain America actor Chris Evans cursing rapidly and effectively is also a hoot in its own right.
Knives Out Cast
Daniel Craig’s starring role in Knives Out was announced shortly after the untitled Bond 25 was hit with a major setback with the exit of director Danny Boyle, potentially taking his next shaken-not-stirred role reprisal off the table for the near future. Craig reportedly detached himself from the long-gestating Showtime limited TV series, Purity, as a result, but it created a small window where he coud play Det. Poirot, who Johnson clearly intends to be modele after Agatha Christie’s beloved Hercule Poirot. Christie’s classical Poirot was last portrayed on screen by Kenneth Branagh in a fun adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.
About his casting, Johnson said, “He’s an actor of extraordinary range, and we are looking forward to the fun of finding that modern detective and collaborating with Daniel on creating a new Poirot.”
Joining star Daniel Craig in Knives Out is an all-star cast consisting of Christopher Plummer, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell.
Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, All the Money in the World) plays Harlan Thrombey, a crime novelist and wealthy patriarch of a rich family who brings all his disparate and dysfunctional relatives together for his 85th birthday in hopes of some of reconciling everyone’s grievances. He is found murdered for his trouble, hence the need for a detective.
Ana De Armas (Blade Runner 2049) is Marta, someone who is apparently not a member of the Thrombey family but is also a suspect.
Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Man of Steel) is Walt Thrombey, the disabled son of Harlan who takes umbrage at the the fact that Poirot thinks someone in the family could’ve killed his father. Or is he just prtending?
Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You, Atlanta) plays Lt. Elliot, the police detective assigned to solve Harlan’s murder but gets more than he bargained for with Poirot unofficially taking over his case.
Don Johnson (Watchmen, Django Unchained) is Richard Drysdale, Linda’s husband who expects something out of the dead, rich father-in-law.
Jaeden Martell (It) plays one of Harlan’s presumably sweet grandchildren, Jacob Thrombey.
The film also stars Katherine Langford (Love, Simon) and Riki Lindhome as other Thrombreys, and Frank Oz in an undisclosed role.
Knives Out Release Date
Knives Out is now officially scheduled to arrive at theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.
The release date puts the premiere on the eve of Thanksgiving, making it a bountiful addition to your holiday weekend.
Knives Out Story
Here’s the official synopsis for Knives Out:
“Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in KNIVES OUT, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) 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. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, KNIVES OUT is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.”
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