After the commercial and critical success achieved by Knives Out (2019) of Rian Johnsonthe sequel to the ‘whodunit’, officially titled Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mysterywhich had its premiere on December 23, 2022 in Netflix worldwide where the streaming service is available.
Johnson talks to The Atlantic about making the sequel, admitting that while he tried to make it a solo story with Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) regrets that it has kept the “Knives Out” from the first film in its title.
“I have worked very hard to make them autonomous. Honestly, I’m mad that we have A Knives Out Mystery in the title. I want it to be called Glass Onion.”
Added Johnson: “I get it, and I want everyone who liked the first movie to know that this is the next in the series, but also, the whole draw to me is that it’s a new novel available every time. But there is a gravity of a thousand suns toward serialized storytelling.”
In the sequel, the forested, dark and cold settings of the predecessor film are left behind, to move to a tropical paradise in Greece where he must unravel new mysteries with a group of suspects played by some of the most important actors in the mecca of cinema.
“Detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel away the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colorful suspects.”
“’GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY’ follows a tech billionaire (Edward Norton) who invites his nearest and dearest on a getaway to his private Greek island, only to find someone else turns up dead.”
- Edward Norton (Fight Club) as Miles Bron, a tech billionaire.
- Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami) as Lionel Toussaint, a scientist who works for Edward Norton’s character.
- Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision, I Know This Much is True) as Claire Debella, a Connecticut governor running for the Senate.
- Kate Hudson (Truth Be Told) as fashionista Birdie Jay.
- Jessica Henwick (The Matrix Resurrections) as Birdie’s assistant.
- dave bautista (Army of the Dead) is YouTuber Duke Cody.
- Janelle Monáe (Antebellum, Hidden Figures) as Cassandra ‘Andi’ Brand, a tech entrepreneur.
- Ethan Hawke(The Black Phone, Sinister) has a cameo in the film, in a role of unknown moment.
Knives OutJohnson’s ‘whodunit’ thriller, became a spectacular critical and box office hit, upon its theatrical release in November 2019 (it became the second highest-grossing original film of 2019), launching not one, otherwise two sequels with home on Netflixboth focused on the character of Craig, without contemplating the return of other members of the wonderful cast of the original film.
Johnson is the director, writer and producer of the original film, and repeats the same tasks in the following films.