Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Will Close the BFI London Film Festival

Knives Out was a smash hit in 2019, raking in $311 million on a $40 million budget. A tight script from director Rian Johnson and an all-star cast drew huge crowds into theaters, and the murder mystery received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. A sequel was inevitable, and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is finally set to premiere in Europe at the BFI London Film Festival Sunday, October 16th, according to reports from Deadline.

Once again, Glass Onion will see an A-list-filled cast, despite the only returning character being Daniel Craig. Jessica Henwick, Ethan Hawke, Kathryn Hahn, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe, and Leslie Odom Jr will join Craig in the sequel. It was announced in March last year that Netflix and Knives Out reached a deal for two sequels to go directly to the streaming service.

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Rian Johnson will be in attendance for the European debut, along with Craig, Norton, Monáe, Odom Jr., Hudson, and Cline. The film is said to follow Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc as he travels to Greece to unravel a brand-new mystery. No other information regarding the film’s plot has been released. Deadline received a quote from Rian Johnson saying, ‘I’m thrilled to be back at LFF with Glass Onion, and it’s an honor to be closing the festival. A proper whodunnit really does belong in London, so it feels a bit like coming home!’

Fans will be hoping for a sequel that lives up to its predecessor, an excellent murder mystery with magnificent twists and turns along the way. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery doesn’t have an official release date but is expected to hit Netflix sometime later this year.

Daniel Craig Believes Glass Onion Could be Better Than Knives Out

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An excellent mystery is difficult to duplicate, but Rian Johnson wants to make things quite different in his second go-around with the franchise. Although we don’t know much regarding the plot, a distant location and entirely new cast should shake things up in a way audiences weren’t expecting. During an interview with Empire, Craig discussed Glass Onion and the potential to surpass its predecessor, Knives Out.

“I’m so lucky to have Rian [Johnson] in my life. He’s such a great writer. That script arrived and I was literally like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I couldn’t believe that he wanted me to play it. I was going, ‘It says Southern accent you went here. Really?’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah?’ We’ve just finished the second one, literally weeks ago. They’ve just wrapped up in Serbia. Dare I say it’s better? We’ll see. I don’t want to tempt fate. It’s different, and that’s the amazing thing. It’s still a Benoit Blanc mystery, but it’s very different. I’m very excited about it.”

Fans are eagerly awaiting a return to the big screen for Benoit Blanc, and for now, audiences must wait for an official release date for the whodunnit sequel.