“Knives Out” Sequel “Glass Onion” Is Coming to Netflix

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Knives Out: Glass Onion
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Filmmaker Rian Johnson’s Knives Out became a universal hit after debuting in 2019. Now, the Knives Out sequel is ready for its winter premiere: what should we expect from the new Glass Onion film?

Knives Out Sequel From A Whodunit Junkie

Knives Out: Glass Onion
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Just a month after the original movie’s debut, Knives Out received worldwide praise and became a hit, garnering millions at the box office. “I’m a whodunit junkie,” writer and director Rian Johnson confessed back then. “The idea of doing an original one about America in 2019 seemed really exciting: the combination of an incredibly fun genre that is a rollercoaster ride for the audience, kind of a puzzle box…and you have an all-star cast.”

Now, almost three years later, the filmmaker isn’t stepping back from his hobby just because he brought his dream to life. Instead, he’s already completed a Knives Out sequel called Glass Onion! The stand-alone movie has been transformed into an anthology series about detective Benoit Blanc’s investigation of different murders. Thanks to the new installation, Johnson can cast different people, experiment, and set fresh boundaries. While Daniel Craig will return as Benoit Blanc, he’ll be surrounded by all new suspects: Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista will all make appearances.

Surprisingly enough, Johnson confirmed that Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was harder to write than another well-known sequel he worked on: The Last Jedi. “First of all, it’s not even really a sequel, it’s kind of like another book, basically another mystery with the same detective,” Johnson said. “If anything, going into it was a little scarier even than the Star Wars movie, because the first one, when we made it, it was in such a vacuum and we had no idea if people would be into this kind of thing. Genuinely, it was just something that I really loved, a genre I loved, and I’m like, ‘Let’s try this.’”

The Inspiration Behind Glass Onion

Daniel Craig in Glass Onion
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With national praise and support, Johnson has officially finished directing the Knives Out sequel. Interestingly, Glass Onion was inspired by a dream location the filmmaker would have loved to visit during the pandemic. “I was writing [Glass Onion] during the lockdown of 2020, and I wanted to be on a beach vacation more than anything,” Johnson said. “So much of why I’m so into making these is that they just do bring me an intense amount of joy. Working with Daniel [Craig] in this genre and having fun with it and the humor, getting to work with a new group of actors every time, everything about it just brings me happiness.”

The sequel carries similarities to the original film, which won the director so many fans. Despite that, Glass Onion will have a new approach to the cast, characters, and themes. “The movie itself is not entirely about the income divide, but that definitely has a huge place in it,” Johnson explained. “We’re in a moment in history where the divide feels increasingly obscene. Like a circus that we can’t keep our eyes off even as the negative effects of it become more and more real in all our lives.”

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will debut on Netflix on December 23.

Sources: Forbes, IndieWire, Town & Country Magazine