Peeling Back the Layers of 'Glass Onion': Everything We Know About 'Knives Out 2,' Including the Title and Release Date!

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Benoit Blanc is back with a new case to crack! Daniel Craig is returning as the gentleman sleuth with the Southern drawl in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the follow-up to Rian Johnson's 2019 whodunit movie, Knives Out.

The first film of the franchise, which went on to score an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay as well as three Golden Globe nominations, followed Benoit as he investigated the mysterious death of the dysfunctional Thrombey family's patriarch.

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While Craig revealed to Empire in August 2021 that the second Knives Out will be "very different," he also teased, "Dare I say it’s better?"

From the first look to all of the spoilers we've found and what we've learned about the film's star-studded cast, here is everything we know about Knives Out 2.

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Is there a trailer for Knives Out 2?

A full-length trailer has not yet been released, but Netflix dropped a teaser trailer on Sept. 8. “Lock the doors,” Craig’s character says in the teaser. “Stay in your rooms. Everyone is in danger.”

An official first look was shared on Aug. 22 showing Craig's character seemingly interrogating suspects. "Nothing brings friends together like a killer party," Netflix tweeted.

In a still from "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery," Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc interrogates party guests at a table. The guests are played by stars including Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Mary J. Blige, Kathryn Hahn. Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe and Jessica Henwick.<p>Netflix</p>
In a still from "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery," Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc interrogates party guests at a table. The guests are played by stars including Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Mary J. Blige, Kathryn Hahn. Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe and Jessica Henwick.

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A behind-the-scenes snapshot was also shared of director Johnson speaking with Janelle Monáe:

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Rian Johnson speaks to Janelle Monáe on the set of "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery."

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Fans got a glimpse at the film in Netflix's 2022 movie preview earlier this year. Footage at the end of the preview gave viewers a look at Craig and the star-studded cast.

Johnson shared a GIF of the teaser on Twitter writing, "I GIF’d! Just a tiny glimpse of the next Benoit Blanc mystery, much MUCH much more to come…"

When does Knives Out 2 premiere?

The film will be released globally on Dec. 23, 2022.

How to watch Knives Out 2?

Not only will the film drop on Netflix Dec. 23, 2022, but it will also be released in select theaters on a to be announced date.

The Hollywood Reporter reported in 2021 that the streaming giant had inked a $469 million deal for two Knives Out sequels.

Will Knives Out 2 have the same cast as the first Knives Out?

The original film boasted an all-star roster of actors that included Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield and Plummer. Johnson shared during a 2020 Q&A for Interview Magazine that the second film had "a totally new cast," with the exception of Craig, who reprises his role as detective Benoit Blanc.

Related: Christopher Plummer Says He Immediately Loved the 'Irreverent Darkness' in KnivesOut

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Edward Norton in "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery"

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Who is in the Knives Out 2 cast?

Like the first movie, the second film has yet another star-studded ensemble. This time around, there's a pair of former How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days co-stars, Kathryn Hahn and Kate Hudson, in addition to Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista, Primal Fear's Edward NortonHidden Figures' Janelle Monáe, Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., The Matrix Resurrections' Jessica Henwick, Outer Banks' Madelyn Cline and, of course, Craig as the "respectful, quiet, passive observer of the truth."

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The upcoming movie also features a small appearance by Ethan Hawke. "Knives Out 2, I just have a cameo in that movie. Don't expect much from me," Hawke told Screen Rant.

The full Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery cast so far is:

Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc

Dave Bautista

Madelyn Cline

Kathryn Hahn

Ethan Hawke

Jessica Henwick

Kate Hudson

Janelle Monáe

Edward Norton

Leslie Odom, Jr.

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Has production on Knives Out 2 started?

Filming commenced in June 2021. Johnson tweeted a photo from the set at the time writing, "Aaaaaaaand WE’RE OFF! Day one of filming on the next Benoit Blanc mystery. Thanks to all the lovely patient people here in Greece for letting us do all this murdering on their peaceful shores."

The director tweeted months later in September that they had "just wrapped production on the next Benoit Blanc mystery."

According to IMDb, production on Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery wrapped on July 30, 2022.

What will happen in Knives Out 2?

In the film, tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) "invites some of his nearest and dearest for a getaway on his private Greek island," but "it soon becomes clear that all is not perfect in paradise"...and someone winds up dead, per Tudum.

Johnson told Tudum that "Blanc gets an invitation to come to this murder mystery on this island."

According to the movie's official logline, "Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colorful suspects."

Johnson revealed to The Hollywood Reporter in early 2020 that he was working on a sequel that centered around Benoit investigating a new case. After the second movie was greenlit in 2020, the director told Jess Cagle on SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show, "In my mind, I don't even think of it in terms of like a sequel."

The filmmaker added, "Ever since we started working on this I was like, look, if we can keep this going, the same way Agatha Christie wrote a bunch of Poirot novels. I mean, do that with Blanc and keep making more mysteries. Whole new cast, whole new location, whole new mystery. It's just another Benoit Blanc mystery and it seems like there's so many different things you could do with it, you know? It seems like it'd be really fun."

Sadly, it seems Knives Out 2 might not deliver another viral sweater like Evans' cable knit one from the first film that had the Internet buzzing. “I don’t know!” Johnson laughed when asked by Entertainment Weekly in 2020 if more "excellent sweaters" could be expected in the sequel. “I think maybe the answer is to go someplace warm. We’ll see. I don’t think we can top Chris Evans in the cable-knit. You don’t try and top that."

Thankfully, Fandom shared a poster imagining the new cast and Craig in Evans' infamous sweater.

While Knives Out 2 might not have a buzzy sweater, Craig told Empire in 2021 about the sequel, "Dare I say it’s better? We'll see. I don't want to tempt fate. It's different, and that's the amazing thing. It's still a Benoit Blanc mystery, but it's very different. I'm very excited about it."

Will there be a third Knives Out?

Benoit Blanc will return for a third movie. When Netflix purchased the rights to the two follow-up films, The Hollywood Reporter reported that one of the contingencies was that "Craig must star in the sequels."

Another movie means another mystery for Benoit to solve!

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