Part of what made the first Knives Out film such a hit was its unique blend of actors. The sequel looks to capture that same magic with its first major casting choice. Army of the Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy actor, Dave Bautista.
He joins Daniel Craig, whose iridescent Detective Benoit Blanc propelled the first movie to box office glory, in an undisclosed role. Plot details for the follow-up have been kept under wraps, though it’s expected to enlist another A-list cast to anchor a soapy murder mystery. It’s unclear if any other stars from original ensemble will be returning.
Netflix declined to comment on Bautista’s casting.
The project reunites Bautista and Craig, who previously appeared together in the 2015 James Bond film “Spectre.” Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is also teaming with Netflix on Zack Snyder’s zombie thriller “Army of the Dead.” His upcoming film roles include Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” remake, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
In March, Netflix bought rights to “Knives Out 2” and “Knives Out 3” for a cool $468 million. Rian Johnson is returning to direct the sequel, which is planning to start production in Greece this summer.
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