The end of 2018 and the start of 2019 saw an interesting casting war brewing. What film would rake in the biggest cast of character actors imaginable? Would it be Rian Johnson’s Knives Out? Or could Denis Villeneuve’s massive Dune adaptation take the title? While the verdict is still out, we at least know how the former will be using it’s actors. Namely by embroiling them in a rather fun whodunit. Take a peek.
That looks great! To give a bit more detail to things, here’s the official synopsis, to guide you along:
“When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.”
Daniel Craig with a delirious Southern accent! Michael Shannon being calm for once! Chris Evans chewing scenery. A somewhat regal Jamie Lee Curtis! Lakeith Stanfield as a cop! Rian Johnon’s forever good luck charm, Noah Segan! Toni Collette scowling! If the series of exclamation marks weren’t enough of an indication, there’s a lot to like in this trailer. Outside the excellent cast is a vibrancy that crackles like a meeting between Johnson’s Brick and The Brothers Bloom. Now, some could easily argue things look a little to clever here. Yet, that’s just emblematic of Johnson’s style and rhythms. It’s perfectly suited to the type of tale Knives Out appears to be.
What did you Junior Poirot’s think? Does a whodunit comedy tickle your fancy? Are you excited to see some of these big character actors mixing it up? What’s your favorite murder mystery movie (please don’t say Murder Mystery)? Besides those mentioned above, the film also boasts the talents of Don Johnson, Rikki Lindhome, Katherine Langford, Jaden Martell, Frank Oz and Christopher Plummer. Hopefully this one is half as good as the trailer indicates. Knives Out saunters casually into theaters, on November 27, 2019. To keep you busy in the meantime, please enjoy this poster for the film, which has a rather classic feel to it.