If you are a mystery genre fan, chances are that you have already devoured the last few decent offerings from Hollywood. The 2019 Rian Johnson murder mystery Knives Out was such a big success that Netflix bought the rights to two sequels, and the first one is already scheduled for release later this year. Thankfully, this has also pushed for a much-needed revival of the mystery genre in Hollywood, and now we are about to get a Tom George offering, See How They Run.
The Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan starrer will have a cast full of recognisable faces trying to solve a murder in a comic caper format. If the trailer is anything to go by, then we will witness the same wit as Knives Out mixed with the fun factor of Only Murders In The Building and a dash of Wes Anderson-esque whimsy.
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Here is everything we know about See How They Run so far.
See How They Run: The Plot
The film is set in the West End of 1950s London, where the movie version of a smash-hit play comes to a screeching halt after a member of the crew ends up dead. Enter Sam Rockwell as Inspector Stoppard along with his eager-beaver assistant, Constable Stalker (played by Saoirse Ronan). The duo is on-location to solve the case before production can move along.
The film’s official synopsis reads:
In 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When a world-weary inspector and an eager rookie constable take on the case, they find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid world of underground theater, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.
The American-born Irish actor Ronan is undoubtedly one of the most flawless performers of this generation. In her early career, she rose to prominence with her serious choice of films – Atonement, The Lovely Bones, Hanna. But with her roles in Greta Gerwig films Lady Bird and Little Women (2019) and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ronan’s career has taken a more optimistic albeit whimsical turn. It will be a delight to watch her in an out-and-out comedy role.
Period pieces are always great fun. Unlike the bright and cheerful 1950s Americana setting in Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the ’50s London in See How They Run is seedy yet glamorous but follows the same theatrical panache of the Amy Sherman-Palladino period comedy. Hopefully, See How They Run delivers on that front and more!
See How They Run: The Cast & Crew
Director Tom George has two highly-rated British comedy shows under his belt – This Country and Defending The Guilty. This makes See How They Run George’s feature directorial debut. The film was written by Mark Chappell (who has also written for TV shows like The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Flaked), and it was produced by Damian Jones and Gina Carter.
The film boasts an impressive cast. Along with Rockwell and Ronan, the film stars notable faces like The Pianist actor Adrien Brody (last seen in HBO’s Succession), Ruth Wilson (of His Dark Materials and Luther), David Oyelowo (of Selma and The Butler), Sian Clifford (of Fleabag and Quiz), Reece Shersmith (of The League Of Gentlemen and Psychoville), and Shirley Henderson (of Trainspotting, Bridget Jones, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire). But it does not end here.
The cast has many more recognisable faces thrown into the murder mystery mayhem, namely: Tim Key (The Witchfinder, This Time with Alan Partridge), Harris Dickinson (Where the Crawdads Sing, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Charlie Cooper (This Country, Snake Oil), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Gangs of London, Chloe), Pearl Chanda (War of the Worlds), Paul Chahidi (The Importance of Being Earnest), Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit), and Lucian Msamati (Gangs of London).
In a statement to Variety last summer, Tom George had this to say about the cast:
“[Working with] this incredible cast has been a total dream. I’m so excited to bring this thrilling, smart, funny murder mystery to audiences. Doing so with the company behind such brilliant ensemble films as ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ has really been the perfect fit.”
Filming for See How They Run wrapped up by April 2021, but the title for this Tom George film was only revealed in July 2021. The Searchlight film was initially set for a limited release on September 30, 2022, but it has been preponed for a September 16, 2022, release instead due to the lack of any other major productions coming out at that time.