A first trailer for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the long-awaited sequel to Knives Out, has debuted online. Click below to watch:
The film is the sequel to the 2019 Rian Johnson mystery, which grossed over $300 million at the box office on a budget of just $40 million. Those numbers prompted Netflix to shell out $469 million for the rights to two sequels, a bounty that will see Daniel Craig earn more than $100 million when he finishes work on the third film.
The first of these two sequels, Glass Onion, will be released on Netflix on December 23rd, after a small theatrical release at a date to be confirmed.
Knives Out followed Benoit Blanc, former 007 star Craig, a Sherlock Holmes-style private detective who is brought in by the police to help them after wealthy novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead just hours after celebrating his 85th birthday with his family on his vast Massachusetts Estate.
For the sequel, Blanc finds himself on a small Greek island where a tech billionaire named Miles Bron has invited family and friends to celebrate with him. Blanc finds himself on the island, which Bron owns, after receiving a personal invitation to the private island, an invitation that arrives before a murder carried out by one of the guests.
Starring alongside Craig are Edward Norton, who plays Bron, and Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline, Jessica Henwick and Ethan Hawke, who are all in as-yet-unnamed roles.
Rian Johnson serves as writer, director and producer on the sequel and has recruited many of the same people who helped make the first film a success.
Cinematographer Steve Yedlin, who has worked with Johnson on all of his films since Brick, is once again behind the wheel, while Nathan Johnson is back to compose the score.
Likewise, Johnson’s producing partner Ram Bergman and editor Bob Ducsay, who first worked with Johnson on the sci-fi drama Looper, are back on the team for the sequel.
Does the trailer offer many clues?
Nothing special. It’s a cryptic teaser trailer, which features a literal puzzle falling into place. If we had to guess, we’d say the puzzle, which we see each of the characters trying to unravel, was some sort of weird party invitation.
Knives Out was a meandering masterpiece, and Johnson and Netflix will be keen not to give anything away, especially since they gave the movie a release date just hours before Christmas Day, and are likely hoping that Glass Onion will be the movie people keep going. while they wrap their last gifts or gather the family to watch after Christmas dinner.
The sequel appears to follow in the precise footsteps of its predecessor. A locked room (well, a villa on a private island in this case) mystery with a distinct Agatha Christie vibe and a sly cast of characters.
Glass Onion premieres on Saturday (September 10) at the Toronto International Film Festival and we’ll be eagerly awaiting the first reviews.