KNIVES OUT—How Rian Johnson Changed Up the Classic Whodunit

(left to right) Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), Lt. Elliot (LaKeith Stanfield), and Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) discover something in the woods in Knives Out (2019)

If you haven’t already watched the first trailer for Knives Out, the newest take on the classic whodunnit genre, do yourself a favor and watch it now! Directed by Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), who has stepped away from the new Star Wars trilogy he’s developing, Knives Out came together last year and quickly attracted the attention of some of the biggest names in the industry, rendering a profoundly star-studded cast ranging from Hollywood veteran Christopher Plummer to up-and-coming actors such as Jaeden Martell (IT, IT Chapter Two). The remaining ensemble is comprised of movie icons Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and many more. 

In the wake of Harlen Thrombey’s (Christopher Plummer) death on his 85th birthday, Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is set to uncover the identity of his killer who could be any one of the members of the deceased patriarch’s family. According to Johnson, Thrombey has a "massive empire" to his name and his extended family "to one degree or another live based on his success,” leaving us to assume this fortune is the primary motivator for his assassination. In assuming so, Blanc refuses to let anyone leave the estate until he proves which member of this eccentric family is the killer. 

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(left to right) Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, K Callan, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Toni Collette, and Katherine Longford in Knives Out (2019)

Another interesting aspect of Knives Out will be to witness a role-breaking performance from both Daniel Craig and Chris Evans— both actors known for their more serious and brooding roles. Draped in a heavy, southern drawl, we will get to see Craig ditch the high-class brit persona we’ve come to expect from his time as James Bond when he takes on a whole new personality as Detective Blanc. Similarly, Chris Evans, who has been almost typecast as the noble hero in the MCU, will be playing Ransom, the punkish young grandson to Plummer’s Harlen.

As one of the most alluring non-franchise contributions to come out of Hollywood lately, it is refreshing to see an original movie concept. This mystery-thriller wrapped in a layer of comedy promises to deliver a unique take on a seemingly forgotten movie genre. With a veteran like Johnson at the wheel of this movie, we can expect a few twists and turns along the way as we solve this case together. Stay vigilant! Knives Out is making its way into Regal on November 27th!