When is Knives Out 2 out? In 2019 director Rian Johnson spun a twisted web, and we are not finished untangling it, not yet. Yes, while ‘The Last of the Gentlemen Sleuths’ Benoit Blanc may have solved the murder of Harlan Thrombey in the first detective movie, his work is not yet done.
That’s right; we’re getting a sequel to Knives Out, the thriller movie that had the whole world asking, “where did Chris Evans get that really nice jumper?” It’s no surprise that a sequel was greenlit; the film grossed $311.4 million worldwide against a budget of just $40 million and netted more award nominations than a hyperactive butterfly collector on new net day.
Still, it’s been a few years since the first Knives Out debuted, and like a detective seeking to solve a murder, you’ve probably got more than a few questions you’d like answering. Don’t worry though, you won’t have to interrogate anyone. We’ve done all the hard work for you. So here’s everything we know about the Knives Out 2 release date and more.
Knives Out 2 release date speculation
Knives Out 2 is due to hit Netflix in December 23, 2022. A sequel to Rian Johnson’s excellent drama movie was announced in January 2020, a few months after the first film hit theatres.
Benoit Blanc’s second outing was originally set to be distributed by Lionsgate, but it wasn’t meant to be. In a twist worthy of an Agatha Christie novel, the streaming service Netflix outbid Lionsgate for the film paying a reported $469 million to secure the rights to not one but two sequels.
Filming began in June of 2020 on the island of Spetses off the coast of Greece, and Knives Out 2 wrapped filming in September.
Knives Out 2 Plot speculation
It’s a mystery! Too obvious a joke? Sorry. Honestly, though, we’re not sure. Johnson and the cast have been keen to preserve the film’s secrets (for obvious reasons), although a few tidbits have been revealed here and there.
We know that knives Out 2 isn’t a continuation of the first film, so that means we won’t be seeing Marta and the douchey Thrombey family again. Instead, it will be a new standalone film featuring Benoit on a new adventure.
Johnson has compared the character to Agatha Christie’s most famous creation telling The Hollywood Reporter that audiences should “think of it just like another Hercule Poirot novel from Agatha Christie, so a whole new location, whole new cast.” Let’s just hope it’s better than Death on the Nile.
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We also know the mystery movie’s title. On June 13, 2022, Johnson shared that his Knives Out sequel was titled “Glass Onion: A Knives Out story”.
In the same tweet, Rian said he wanted his Benoit Blanc movies to mirror the books of Agatha Christie. As such, each film will have its own tone, ambition, reason for being, and title.
Judging by the filming location, we can deduce that this particular mystery will trade the sleepy American east coast for a far more exotic location. Unfortunately, you can change the scenery but you can’t change humanity’s darker impulses, and we imagine (although it’s not confirmed) that Benoit will be investigating another fiendish murder mystery.
One of the film’s stars, Dave Bautista, couldn’t help dropping a tantalising tease about the film promising fans it would be even better than the first.
“I really think it’s going to be as good, if not better, than the first one,” Bautista told People. “I’m always afraid to say that because I don’t want anybody to get offended saying that we’re going to be better, but I really do think this. I think the characters are just so much more colourful. I think people are really going to dig this.”
Knives Out 2 trailer
The first trailer for Knives Out 2: Glass Onion was released on September 8, 2022.
Aaaand here it is! The first teaser trailer for the follow up to Knives Out, GLASS ONION! I promise no spoilers, but if you want to come in totally cold, last chance to keep scrolling… #GlassOnion pic.twitter.com/KsX123wz3M
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) September 8, 2022
A second trailer was released on November 7 2022.
Knives Out 2 cast speculation
Honestly, it would be easier to say who’s not in Knives Out 2. This thing competes with Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer movie for the most stacked movie cast ever, well, not really. Everyone’s in Oppenheimer. You’re in Oppenheimer. You just don’t know it yet.
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Anyway, Daniel Craig is the only returning star from the original Knives Out – so sorry, Ana de Armas stans. Don’t worry, though; there’s a whole new lineup of suspects for the great Benoit Blanc to investigate.
The Knives Out 2 cast includes:
- Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc
- Dave Bautista
- Edward Norton
- Janelle Monáe
- Kathryn Hahn
- Leslie Odom Jr.
- Kate Hudson
- Madelyn Cline
- Jessica Henwick
- Ethan Hawke
Unfortunately, we don’t have a clue who anyone’s playing, but that’s part of the fun of a mystery movie, isn’t it? Behind the camera, Rian Johnson’s back in the director’s chair.
He’ll be joined by the original film’s cinematographer Steve Yedlin, composer Nathan Johnson, and editor Bob Ducsay so even if it doesn’t have the same cast, it should still look, feel, and sound like Knives Out.
Where can I watch Knives Out 2?
Netflix. Did you not see the bit earlier we explained how much the platform paid for this movie. There’s no chance that Netflix is letting this go to any of its competitors or physical media.
That said, the streaming service will screen it in cinemas. It’ll premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, and get a limited run in theatres in November in 2022. Some Netflix films have gotten limited releases, mostly to satisfy rules for award nominations.