Andrew Scott Joins Daniel Craig in Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out 3”

Rian Johnson’s third Knives Out film has snagged one of the hottest actors working together.

Andrew Scott has joined the cast for Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, joining Challengers breakout star Joh O’Connor, Priscilla, Civil War, and Alien: Romulus star Cailee Spaeny, and Benoit Blanc himself, Daniel Craig, who returns to the franchise as the dandified detective sleuthing on another case. Since the first Knives Out in 2019, Johnson has assembled delicious ensembles. In the first film, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Christopher Plummer, and Ana de Armas are caught up in the mystery that Blanc is sent to solve. In the sequel Glass Onion, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, and Dave Bautista had to undergo Benoit Blanc’s scrutiny.

Johnson is again writing the script and will produce alongside his T-Street colleague Ram Bergman. They’re looking to get Wake Up Dead Man into production soon, with a release date of 2025. Naturally, no one knows a thing about what kind of whodunit Johnson is cooking up for the third film, but Johnson has teased that this case will present Blanc with the most dangerous challenge he’s faced yet.

I love everything about whodunnits, but one of the things I love most is how malleable the genre is,” Johnson wrote on social media. “There’s a whole tonal spectrum from Carr to Christie, and getting to explore that range is one of the most exciting things about making Benoit Blanc movies.” He added, “We’re about to go into production on the 3rd one, and I’m very excited to share the title, which gives a little hint of where it’s going.”

Lionsgate released the first Knives Out film in 2019, and it became a serious hit, grossing $312 million against a $40 million budget. Netflix then bought the rights to the series (for more than $450 million) and released Johnson’s sequel, Glass Onion, in 2022. It also became the first Netflix movie to play in Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, and AMC Theaters.

Scott will be paired again with Craig for the first time since 2015’s Bond sequel Spectre. Scott made a name for himself as the Hot Priest on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s series Fleabag, starred in Andrew Haigh’s aching 2023 film All Us Strangers, and in Netflix’s recent adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels in Ripley.

Variety first scooped Scott’s casting.

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Featured image: Ripley. Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in Ripley Cr. Netflix © 2023


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