Today, we have some first-look pictures from the upcoming Netflix sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, as well as some info from director Rian Johnson. The streamer will also give the film a limited theatrical release.
In Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colorful suspects. The film has been rated PG-13 for strong language, some violence, sexual material, and drug content.
The cast of the sequel also includes Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista. The producers are Ram Bergman and Johnson.
According to Johnson’s interview with the official Netflix website Tudum, Blanc’s penchant for bombast is partly to thank for the film’s title, which pays homage to the 1968 Beatles song of the same name. “I’m always fishing for something fun that Blanc can grab onto as an overwrought metaphor that he can beat to death,” he says.
“This is all in plain sight from the very start. So, the idea of glass came to me, something that’s clear. I’ll be very honest. I literally got out my iPhone and searched my music library with the word ‘glass.’ There’s got to be some good glass songs.
“I was like, “Oh, is it a glass fortress? Is it a glass castle? Is it a glass man?” The first thing that came up, because I’m a huge Beatles fan, is ‘Glass Onion.'”
Of the casting, Johnson said, “You try and invite people that you like, but the reality is you never know. At the end of the day, just try to get the best actors in each part, the actors that are most right for each individual part. So, you also just throw the dice and hold your breath. Luckily, we got a great group that really meshed.”
He also said that Craig’s Blanc will be more prominent this time around. “You definitely get to know him a little bit better,” he says. “In the first one, because of the way it was structured, Marta, Ana de Armas’ character, was very much the protagonist.
“In a big way, Blanc was the threat. He was almost the antagonist in terms of just the story structure because you were worried, even as they got closer, that he was going to catch her and he was going to have to turn her over at the end.
“So Blanc was always outside of the sphere of our protagonist and was a little bit more of an enigma in the first movie. Whereas, in this one, Blanc gets an invitation to come to this murder mystery on this island. We’re very much meeting these people and getting into this world through his eyes.”
Johnson explained that this is not a rehash of the first film and mentions Agatha Christie, who could drop her famous detective Hercule Poirot into different stories. “Every single time, she found a way into it that felt unique and fresh, and you could tell it was challenging her creatively.”
Are you excited to see Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery when it premieres in select theaters and then on Netflix on December 23, 2022? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @vitalthrillscom.
Jenna Busch has written and spoken about movies, TV, video games, and comics all over the Internet for over 15 years, co-hosted a series with Stan Lee, appeared on multiple episodes of “Tabletop,” written comic books, and is a contributing author for the 13 books in the “PsychGeeks” series including “Star Wars Psychology.” She founded the site Legion of Leia and hosted the “Legion” podcast.