Janelle Monáe is the latest addition to KNIVES OUT II. She joins Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, and Dave Bautista as the cast continues to grow! Rian Johnson will return to write and direct with production set to begin this summer. So far this cast is shaping up to be as good if not better than the original cast.
Netflix had no comment on Monáe’s casting.
In March, the streamer bought the rights to “Knives Out 2” and “Knives Out 3” for $468 million, after the original “Knives Out” — starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas and the late Christopher Plummer earned more than $300 million at the box office. The 2019 murder mystery also garnered an Oscar nomination for Johnson’s original screenplay.
Details surrounding the new project are being kept under wraps, including whether or not any of the original film’s cast will join Craig for the new mystery, which is planning to start production in Greece this summer.
An eight-time Grammy nominee, Monáe burst onto the Hollywood scene with breakthrough performances in 2016’s “Hidden Figures” and the best picture Oscar winner “Moonlight.” Since then, the multi-hyphenate entertainer has starred in film and television projects including “Harriet” opposite best actress nominee Cynthia Erivo, “Welcome to Marwen,” “The Glorias,” the lead role in the second season of Amazon’s “Homecoming” and last year’s thriller “Antebellum.” We won’t hold the latter against her even though it was one of the worst films of 2020.