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Casting News, Release Date for Movie Sequel Fsalinks

Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc is ready to solve another mystery.

Craig will reprise his detective role in the third installment of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out films, Wake Up Dead Man, written and directed by Johnson.

The original Knives Out film, which featured an ensemble cast that included Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ana de Armas, was released in 2019 at the Toronto Film Festival ahead of its theatrical debut. Following its release, the film became a surprise box office and critical smash whodunit for Lionsgate that earned Johnson an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

Johnson told The Hollywood Reporter, “Even when we were making the first movie, I was thinking, ‘If this does well, it would be fun to keep making them, but always in the way that Agatha Christie did her books.’”

Netflix agreed, unveiling a $469 million deal with Johnson and his producing partner at T-Street, Ram Bergman, both of whom are represented by CAA for a two-film deal for the Knives Out sequels. Details of the deal included that Johnson doesn’t have to take notes from the streamer, that Craig must star in the sequels and that each must have at least the budget of the 2019 movie, which was in the $40 million range.

The second film, Knives Out: Glass Onion, which starred Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe and Edward Norton, was released in 2022. For the sequel, Johnson was inspired by “the idea of a murder mystery on vacation” and Agatha Christie’s Poirot mysteries Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun. “I thought it’d be nice to have an island because then you can isolate everyone together. And who would have a private island? Oh, maybe it’s a tech billionaire,” he told THR.

The third film, titled Wake Up Dead Man, will release globally on Netflix in 2025 and once again star an ensemble of notable names such as Kerry Washington, Glenn Close and Jeremy Renner in his first film since his snowplow accident.

Below, THR shares everything we know so far about the upcoming murder mystery.

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