Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery expanded Benoit Blanc’s (Daniel Craig) story via Netflix and it proved to be a huge success and will continue in Knives out 3. Writer and director Rian Johnson has become 2019 Knives out into a modern whodunit franchise, complete with a revolving cast of Hollywood stars. Glass onion saw Craig join the likes of Janelle Monáe, Ed Norton, Dave Bautista and Kate Hudson for a weekend murder mystery that goes very, very wrong. Knives out 2 was every bit as good as the original and set up a promising third installment.


With pleasure Knives out before that, Glass onion is another mystery filled with different layers, each peeling back to reveal a new surprise. With the death of Bautista’s Duke Cody and the shock of Andi’s (Monáe) own death and her twin sister replacing her, it certainly lives up to the onion part of its name. With another Benoit Blanc case in the books, that is Knives out 3 Will have to go some way to top it. Here’s what is known Knives out 3 until now.

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Knives Out 3 is happening

Yes, Knives out 3 happening officially. That was part of the deal when Netflix bought Knives out sequels back in 2020 after a bidding war that saw them strike a deal with Johnson and producing partner Ram Bergman worth around $450 million. That deal guaranteed Netflix at least two Knives out successors, meaning Knives out 3 going to be made (barring a late twist that Benoit Blanc wouldn’t see coming). However, Johnson and Craig have both said they are open to more than that, then Knives out 3 won’t necessarily be the last in the franchise.

Knives out 2 ended up doing exceptionally well at the Thanksgiving box office, which was on shaky ground as it was. While Glass onion was only allowed a limited theatrical release, the film’s streaming numbers blew the competition out of the water. Glass onion released on Netflix on December 23, 2022 after a limited theatrical release per part of the agreement with the streaming service. That Glass onion the ending saw plenty of twists and turns, and while Netflix doesn’t release their numbers, data from Reelgood (via Media Play News) shows that the film topped the streaming charts for the week of December 28, 2022, beating out competition such as Yellowstone, Wednesdayand Top Gun: Maverick. Needless to say, this bodes extremely well for Knives out 3.

Knives Out 3 Cast: Who Will Return?

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That Knives out 3 cast has one name confirmed which is Daniel Craig’s. His involvement was a condition of Netflix’s purchase Knives out sequels, so something bigger had to happen before he didn’t come back. Otherwise, it is likely that most of the actors would be newcomers, similar to how Glass onion‘s cast consists almost entirely of new players in Johnson’s game. Another possible returnee is Hugh Grant, who has a surprise role as Blanc’s partner, Phillip, in Glass onion (it’s not explicit in the film, but Johnson has confirmed that Benoit Blanc is gay), and it’s a role that could be expanded into a sequel.

While Knives out 3 the cast is still a mystery, Rian Johnson has a few actors he likes to work with repeatedly and they could appear in his new movie. Johnson has a strong history with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, starring in his very first film, an indie film called Brick. He cast Gordon-Levitt again Looper, this time as an assassin. Gordon-Levitt also had a cameo in Knives out, appears in a detective show Marta (Ana de Armas) and her mother watch. Another actor who could appear in Knives out 3 would be Batman star Paul Dano. Like Gordon-Levitt, Dano was involved Looper as well, and the actor has recently shot to stardom and also appeared in The Fabelman family along with Michelle Williams. Finally, Johnson has a working relationship with Bryan Cranston, having directed several episodes of Breaking Badmeaning he’s another big star that could be added Knives out 3 cast.

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Knives Out 3 Story: Is Glass Onion Making a Sequel?

Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion A Knives Out Mystery

Glass onion does not sit up straight away Knives out 3much the same way as Knives out not set up Knives out 2. The entries are, in classic whodunit fashion, all made to be standalone films, so it would be a whole new case for Benoit Blanc to solve. It will provide an exciting challenge for Knives out 3‘s story, which will create another mystery that feels fresh, clever and surprising to both the detective and the audience, even though it will probably be another murder. That Knives out 3 the story could also focus more on Blanc’s home life, especially if Grant returns: it was fleshed out a bit more Glass onion, and feels ripe for further exploration. It will also be interesting to see how Knives out 3 continues the series’ examination of wealth and status, after Knives out tackled old money and class and Glass onion new, tech bridge money.

Knives Out 3 Release Date Prediction

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Knives out hit theaters in September 2019, and Glass onion released just over three years later in November 2023, but it was within a film industry hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and production did not begin until mid-2021. Netflix probably wants a shorter turnaround between sequels after paying so much money, and the movies are relatively quick to shoot. Johnson wants Knives out 3 as his next film, so if he can get a script and cast together in the next year or so, then a Knives out 3 the late 2024 release date seems reasonable.

Rian Johnson will begin writing Knives Out 3 in 2023

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Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig on the set of Glass Onion. Photo courtesy of Netflix

According to Deadlinehas Rian Johnson confirmed that he will start working on Knives out 3 in early 2023, just after the New Year. In the interview, director Rian Johnson talked about all the projects he had in mind, but said he just couldn’t stop thinking about Knives out 3. “I think everyone assumed I’d have a few other random ideas — unrelated projects — that I’ve been kicking around. But honestly, over the last few months, the most exciting creative for me right now the third movie” Johnson conceded.

Reportedly, director Rian Johnson has since carried around a moleskin notebook, jotting down ideas as they come to him, as this is primarily part of his own creative process. Even the entire press tour for Glass onion, the notebook has stayed close to the director’s side as he claims his biggest fear is starting 2023 with a blank page. The director also noted that about 80% of his filmmaking process involves notes and jotting down ideas. Since Rian Johnson has started writing Knives out 3that late 2024 release date is looking pretty good right now.

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