Glass Onion: Netflix unmasks killer title and all-star cast for Knives Out sequel

Daniel Craig's southern sleuth Benoit Blanc is heading to Greece to solve another murder mystery. Among the suspects this time are Kate Hudson, Edward Norton and Janelle Monáe.

By Rhys Lewis Published: 15 June 2022 - 4.57pm
Lionsgate Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc in Knives Out

Three years after unmasking the killer of crime writer Harlan Thrombey in Knives Out, Daniel Craig’s drawling detective Benoit Blanc has another mystery to solve.

The unexpected success of Knives Out led to Netflix snapping up the rights to two further Blanc mysteries for $469 million (£387 million). The first of the films, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, will be released on Netflix towards the end of 2022.

The title of the film was revealed in a short clip which also featured the names of some of Craig’s co-stars who will no doubt all be suspects in the murder mystery.

What’s the plot of Glass Onion?

The official Netflix synopsis reads:

In the follow up to Rian Johnson's Knives Out, Detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colourful suspects.

As yet, we know very little about the Knives Out sequel, other than the fact that Blanc will be swapping chilly Massachusetts for the sunnier climes of Greece.

Where was Glass Onion filmed?

Location filming took place on the affluent Greek island of Spetses in June and July 2021.

Director Rian Johnson tweeted that filming was “just about halfway through” when the crew left the Mediterranean. 

Principal photography took place elsewhere and on 13 September, Johnson tweeted: “We just wrapped production on the next Benoit Blanc mystery.”

Spetses is no stranger to Hollywood film crews – Maggie Gyllenhall’s Oscar-nominated debut The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Colman, was also filmed there.

Who will star in Glass Onion?

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery stars Kathryn Hahn, Edward Norton and Kate Hudson Getty Images
Kathryn Hahn, Edward Norton and Kate Hudson are among the ensemble cast of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

With sleuth Benoit Blanc moving on to tackle a completely new mystery, Craig is the only member of the Knives Out cast to appear in its sequel. And just as the first film boasted an impressive ensemble cast, so does Glass Onion. The cast includes:

  • Edward Norton (Fight Club, Gotti)
  • Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight)
  • Kathryn Hahn (Anchorman, We’re the Millers)
  • Leslie Odom Jr (Hamilton, Murder on the Orient Express)
  • Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones, The Matrix Resurrections)
  • Madelyn Cline (Outer Banks)
  • Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Mother’s Day)
  • Dave Bautista (Blade Runner 2049, Dune)
  • Ethan Hawke (Dead Poet’s Society, Boyhood)

Who created Knives Out?

Like Knives Out, Glass Onion is written, produced and directed by Rian Johnson.

When is Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery released?

The film is expected to arrive on Netflix in late 2022.

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Will there be a Knives Out 3?

Netflix paid $469 million for the rights to two sequels to Knives Out, so a third instalment is almost certainly on its way. For now this episode is untitled, although it is pencilled in for release in 2024.

What is Knives Out?

The cast of Knives Out Lionsgate

Released in cinemas in 2019, Knives Out is a modern take on the traditional whodunnit. As well as all the tropes of the genre – a wealthy, dysfunctional family, a host of guests each with a motive to murder, and a maverick detective with his own peculiar way of reasoning – Knives Out added a fiendish plot, a hilarious veneer of melodrama and, in Daniel Craig, a portrayal as far removed from James Bond as you can get.

With Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas and Christopher Plummer (in one of his last screen roles) among the ensemble cast, the film became a word-of-mouth hit at Christmas 2019 and went on to earn Johnson an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

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With box office takings of $311 million and positive reviews including a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s little surprise that Johnson and Craig soon got back together for a second instalment. 

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery arrives on Netflix at the end of 2022.