“If anyone can name the killer, that person wins our game. Any questions?”
Netflix has just released the new trailer for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, and it seems like the sequel is doubling down on all the star-studded shenanigans of the original 2019 Knives Out film. Daniel Craig returns as the mysterious and dapper Kentucky-born detective Benoit Blanc, this time taking on a new case with a new cast of potential suspects. The film will also star Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.
Check out the Glass Onion trailer below!
GLASS ONION IS KNIVES OUT MEETS GAME NIGHT
Fans of the original film are likely to be excited by this new mystery, which is set in a beautiful Mediterranean paradise. From the official description:
“If Knives Out was about the murderous ties of flesh and blood, Glass Onion makes a good case for being just as wary of one’s closest friends. When tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) invites some of his nearest and dearest for a getaway on his private Greek island, it soon becomes clear that all is not perfect in paradise. And when someone turns up dead, well, who better than [Benoit] Blanc to peel back the layers of intrigue?”
What’s interesting about this trailer (and what we didn’t know before), is that Glass Onion seems to be borrowing from the plot of Game Night. Like that film, this will feature a fake “murder mystery” style game that turns into something very real for those involved.
The trailer shows us that Edward Norton’s billionaire character has invited the rest of this cast of colorful characters onto his private island for a murder mystery…and whoever wins gets a prize. However, the script gets inevitably flipped when one of them gets killed off for real. And while the trailer heavily implies that this is Edward Norton, I suspect that might be a trick of editing, and audiences are in for a few surprises.
While the first film was released theatrically by Lionsgate in 2019, this sequel will be released on Netflix. In 2021, Netflix won a staggeringly expensive bidding war, forking over the mind-blowing price tag of $469 Million for the rights to the original Knives Out film and any future sequels. With such an enormous cost, one can imagine that this isn’t the last we’re going to see of Detective Blanc and the Knives Out world, and we wouldn’t be surprised to hear about more spinoffs films or series coming to the streaming giant in the near future.
Writer and director Rian Johnson (Knives Out, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Looper) is returning for the sequel, which he wrote during the pandemic. The plot is said to take inspiration from the Agatha Christie-based film Evil Under the Sun (1982), which featured a similar tropical paradise mystery premise, as well as a little-known film called The Last of Shiela (1973).
In addition to Edward Norton’s role as the billionaire who owns the island, we do have a few details about the rest of the supporting cast. Janelle Monae will be playing a tech entrepreneur named Cassandra “Andi” Brand, Kathryn Hahn is playing an ambitious governor running for the US Senate, and Leslie Odom Jr. will be a scientist named Lionel Toussaint who works for Edward Norton’s character.
Furthermore, Kate Hudson is playing a fashion designer named Birdie Jay, and Jessica Henwick is playing her eccentric assistant Peg. Dave Bautista stars as a YouTube star named Duke Cody, and Madelyn Cline is playing his assistant and girlfriend Whiskey.
Finally, Ethan Hawke (who is not found in this teaser trailer) will also appear in Glass Onion in an as-yet-undisclosed role.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is releasing in select theaters for one week only starting November 23rd, followed by a Netflix debut on December 23. What are you most excited to see in the sequel? What is your best theory for the film’s Glass Onion title? Let us know over on our social media and come back for more Knives Out!