Production on Knives Out 2 has begun this past week, Comic Book Movies reports, as director Rian Johnson shares the first photo from the set in Greece. Some other photos making their rounds on the internet reveal previously unannounced cast member Ethan Hawke working on the production. However, officially, Johnson has shared this image to commemorate the first day of shooting.
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. pic.twitter.com/SUFptCpl3G
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 28, 2021
Craig will be returning in the long-awaited sequel as investigator Benoit Blanc digging into a new murder mystery with an entirely new cast. This will be the first Knives Out sequel, another already in the works for Netflix as part of the company’s $400 million deal with Johnson.
The first movie garnered critical acclaim, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Comic Book Movies details Johnson explaining to Interview Magazine in 2020 the reason for assembling a new cast for his sequel:
“With this one, I’m starting with a blank page. It’s not really a Knives Out sequel. I need to come up with a title for it so I can stop calling it The Knives Out Sequel because it’s just Daniel Craig as the same detective with a totally new cast.”
More on Knives Out 2 will be revealed later, so be on the lookout for the news!