Detective Beniot Blanc is back and is hopping onto a new murder case! The Agatha Christie-ish and Clue-esque murder mystery film is coming back strong and this time, with a whole new group of potential suspects. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, is set to make its world premiere yet again at the Toronto Film Festival (just as its predecessor in 2019), which runs from September 8-18.
While we don’t know the actual date of the premiere, what we do know is that former 007 agent, Daniel Craig, will be reprising his role of Detective Beniot Blanc as he jets off to Greece to investigate yet another mysterious homicide. The new group of potential suspects include A-listers such as Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.
In February 2020, director and writer Rian Johnson told SiriusXM that he went about writing Knives Out 2 differently than most, and avoided approaching it as a sequel. “There’s so many different things you can do with it. And that’s what’s fun about it. You look at Agatha Christie’s books and it’s not like every single one is a mansion, a library, and a detective. Besides setting, she also explored a bunch of different subgenres. She found a different narrative way into each of them.”
After the release of the project’s official name, fans began to believe that it had a connection to the 1968 Beatles song “Glass Onion.” This song (off of the band’s double album, The Beatles — AKA “the White Album”) has been known as one of the most over-interpreted Beatles songs, making it the perfect title for a murder mystery film.
“I was having a laugh because there had been so much gobbledegook about Pepper, play it backwards and you stand on your head and all that,” Lennon told Rolling Stone in 1970. Lennon was referring to the constant misinterpretations that came in waves after the release of their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, with accusations along the lines of implying the use of heroin and promoting LSD.
Maybe it’s not inspired by The Beatles. Perhaps it points to the fundamental point that was brought up back when Shrek was released over 20 years ago — onions have layers. What better way to describe a complex homicide? Keep peeling back the layers until you get to the center…
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is set to premiere on Netflix in late 2022.
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