Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery trailer, release date and more

Knives Out 2 Glass Onion poster featuring cast
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The first Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery trailer is here, unleashing even more murder, mystery and mayhem upon us. Rian Johnson's sequel has a December release date and everything we've seen so far indicates it will be quite the holiday treat. 

In Knives Out 2, Daniel Craig returns as famed detective Benoit Blanc. He headlines a completely new cast that includes Ethan Hawke, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson and Janelle Monae. 

Netflix bought the rights to both Knives Out 2 and 3 for an eye-popping $450 million. The sequels will reunite Johnson and Craig in another Agatha Christie-inspired murder among a motley crew of suspects. 

The first Knives Out, one of the best Netflix movies was released in November 2019 and featured Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield and Christopher Plummer. The film was surprise hit, making $311 million at the global box office on a modest $40 million budget and earning an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. 

The film was a passion project for writer/director Rian Johnson, and he’s always been keen to turn the “whodunnit” series into a franchise, even hinting at a potential sequel before the first film’s release. 

Johnson is on board to write and helm both Netflix-produced sequels, but other details are slim on the who, what, when, where and how of it all. 

At $450 million, Knives Out 2 and 3 deal is one of the biggest ever made for the rights to a movie series. Even divided in two, it exceeds Netflix's payments of $115 million for the Ben Affleck heist caper Triple Frontier and $130 million for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

Here's everything we know so far about Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery release date

Netflix has set the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery release date for December 23, 2022.

Filming took place June 28 and July 30, 2021 in Spetses, Greece. Production then moved elsewhere, including New York City. Filming officially wrapped September 13, 2021.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery trailer

The full-length Knives Out 2 trailer reveals the basic premise of the movie. Tech billionaire Miles Bron invites a diverse group of acquaintances — including Benoit Blanc — to his fabulous Greek island to play a murder mystery game. But the game turns into reality, as one of them ends up dead. And the killer may not stop there, so it's up to Blanc to figure out whodunnit.

Knives Out 2 cast

Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc in the first look of Knives Out 2

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Glass Onion's cast is led by Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc, the famous detective with a Southern drawl who was modeled on Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot.

No other original Knives Out cast members have been announced to return. Johnson has said that any future sequels would have new casts. Blanc will move on to another case involving new characters. 

Here's who has been announced for the Knives Out 2 cast:

  • Edward Norton as Miles Bron, a tech billionaire
  • Janelle Monáe as Cassandra "Andi" Brand, Miles's ex-business partner
  • Leslie Odom Jr. as Lionel Toussaint, a scientist who works for Miles
  • Kathryn Hahn as Claire Debella, the governor of Connecticut and a Senate candidate
  • Dave Bautista as Duke Cody, a YouTube star and men's rights activist
  • Kate Hudson as Birdie Jay, a fashion designer and former supermodel
  • Jessica Henwick as Peg, Birdie's assistant
  • Madelyn Cline as Whiskey, Duke's girlfriend
  • Ethan Hawke as Miles's assistant
  • Dallas Roberts as Claire's husband
  • Jackie Hoffman as as Duke's mother

Glass Onion will also feature some cameos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the voice of Miles's clock; Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury as themselves in a video chat; Natasha Lyonne; Hugh Grant; and Yo-Yo Ma.

Some fans campaigned for the original cast members to return in completely different roles, kind of like a repertory company. For example, Toni Collette could play Blanc's partner or Chris Evans is the murder victim. Then, they could all return for Knives Out 3 in new roles again. 

While Johnson is mostly starting fresh with the Knives Out 2 cast, that doesn't preclude calling up actors from his other movies, like Laura Dern (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Brick, Looper) or Rachel Weisz (The Brothers Bloom). Bonus: Weisz also happens to be married to Craig. 

Knives Out 3 news

With Knives Out 2 still unreleased, there's very little news about Knives Out 3.

It's no surprise that Netflix bought the rights to both films, though. While it remains the biggest streaming platform worldwide, it’s facing stiff competition from the likes of Disney Plus and HBO Max. Both those platforms have an edge when it comes to franchise movies. Disney boasts massive names such as Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars, while HBO Max has fanboy favorites such as the Snyder Cut and Godzilla vs Kong

Netflix’s own attempts at launching movie franchises have largely fallen flat in recent years. However, the Chris Hemsworth vehicle Extraction did prove successful and is primed for a sequel of its own. 

It’s currently unknown whether Netflix will opt to give these Knives Out sequels a theatrical release alongside making them available for streaming. 

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Kelly Woo
Senior Writer

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.