‘Knives Out’ sequel is officially in the works as Daniel Craig teases return

Will the James Bond star return?

It’s been confirmed that a sequel to the Oscar-nominated Knives Out is officially in the works.

Lionsgate is already planning a follow-up to its critically acclaimed whodunnit film, starring James Bond star Daniel Craig as Southern private investigator Benoit Blanc.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed on February 6 that the studio will have production due to start soon, according to Deadline.

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The 2019 movie, which follows the murder of a wealthy novelist, has become a critical and commercial success since its recent release and is nominated for the Best Screenplay Oscar.

In it, the character will investigate a new case, and the director has added that Craig is keen to return to the role.

Asked whether he’d like to star in a Knives Out sequel, Craig told Entertainment Weekly: “Sure. I’d be over the moon. I mean, I’d do anything for Rian. If he writes something, I’ll do it. Of course, I will. Why wouldn’t I? I had a ton of fun doing it.”

The movie has grossed £190.7 million ($247 million) worldwide on a £30.8 million ($40 million) budget

In NME’s four-star review of Knives Out, we called it a “very clever, murder-mystery, packed with big stars, big laughs and – from Daniel Craig in particular – some very big acting”.

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Meanwhile, star Ana de Armas has admitted she almost turned down the role of Marta Cabrera, a Latina immigrant who acts as a carer.

The actress revealed that the original character description of “Caretaker, Latina, pretty” wasn’t to her taste initially.

“I’ve seen that before,” she said. “‘Latina’, I have no problem with, because I’m Cuban and very proud to be Cuban. But that [description] didn’t say anything to me. There’s no information at all about her character.”

However, after reading the script she realised that Cabrera was a central character in the film, de Armas adding: “She’s the one who knows all the secrets and who’s actually mourning the death of her friend.

“I had so much to play with. Rian [Johnson, director] gave me all the tools to make it work.”

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