The first trailer for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the long-awaited sequel to Knives Out, has been released online. Click below to watch it:
The film follows Rian Johnson’s 2019 mystery, which grossed over $ 300 million at the box office on a budget of just $ 40 million. These figures prompted Netflix to pay out $ 469 million for the rights to two sequels, a prize for which Daniel Craig is reportedly earning over $ 100 million by the time his third film is finished.
The first of these two sequels, Glass Onion, will be released on Netflix on December 23, following a small theatrical release on a date to be confirmed.
Knives Out has followed former 007 Craig star Benoit Blanc, a Sherlock Holmes-style private detective who is brought in by police to help them after wealthy writer Harlan Thrombey was found dead just hours after celebrating his 85th birthday with his family in his enormous Massachusetts mansion.
In the sequel, Blanc is set on a small Greek island where tech billionaire Miles Bron has invited family and friends to celebrate together. Blanc is on an island owned by Bron, after receiving a personal invitation to a private island, an invitation that comes before a murder by one of the guests.
Craig is starred by Edward Norton, who plays Bron, and Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline, Jessica Henwick and Ethan Hawke, all in unnamed roles.
Rian Johnson acts as the writer, director, and producer for the sequel, and recruited many people who contributed to the success of the first film.
Cinematographer Steve Yedlin, who had worked with Johnson on all his films up to Brick, got behind the wheel once again while Nathan Johnson returned to compose the music.
Likewise, Johnson’s partner producer Ram Bergman and editor Bob Ducsay, who first worked with Johnson on the hit science fiction drama Looper, return to the sequel team.
Does the trailer have a lot of clues?
Not really. This is a mysterious teaser trailer that features a literal puzzle that clicks into place. If we were to guess, we would say that the mystery each character tries to solve was some kind of strange invitation to the party.
Knives Out was a twisted masterpiece, and Johnson and Netflix won’t want to reveal anything, especially since they’ve given the movie’s release date within hours of Christmas, and will likely be hoping Glass Onion will be a movie that people hold on to as they pack their last ones gifts or gathering the family to watch after Christmas Eve dinner.
Sequel seems to follow the exact footsteps of its predecessor. A locked room (in this case a villa on a private island) a mystery with a distinct Agatha Christie vibe and a variable cast of characters.
Glass Onion premieres on Saturday (September 10) at the Toronto International Film Festival and we look forward to hearing these first reviews.