Perhaps attempting to cleanse his palette of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi backlash he faced last year, Rian Johnson is returning to his roots in off-beat fare with Knives Out. Due in theatres sometime in 2019 and currently in production in Boston, this 40-million US production is marking its distance from the world of Luke Skywalker.

Additionally, with an already stellar cast including Daniel Craig (Spectre), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) and Chris Evans (Avenger’s Infinity War), Johnson has recently rounded out his murder-mystery detective story with Jaeden Lieberher (IT), Riki Lindhome (The Last House on the Left), Edi Patteron (Troupe Zero) and Raúl Castillo (Seven Seconds).

 

 

A Skywalker Cleanse

With much of the plot still under wraps, early indications suggest that Johnson is returning to the quirky world of his earlier films like The Brothers Bloom (2008) and the tech-noir Looper (2012). A modern day murder mystery, Knives Out is flush with top tier talent. Not to mention, but I can’t wait to see James Bond, Captain America and Laurie Strode share the big screen. 

Coupled with the super talented Johnson at the helm as writer and director, there is much anticipation about this top secret project. With a single tweet announcing production, the title of the film seems to speak to the vile reaction that Johnson faced with Skywalker loyalists. From decrying the transcendence of Luke fading away into the force to calls suggesting he was is talentless hack, Knives Out could be Johnson’s stark reminder of why he was given carte-blanche by Lucasfilm to take the Skywalker journey into a new and brave direction.

 

 

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Toronto Surprise

Unaware of the film’s development, the spontaneous casting announcement of Daniel Craig perpetuated a heavy bidding war in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. In regards to Craig, Johnson shared with Deadline.com that:

“I have been a huge fan and always wanted to work with him and as I worked on the script, trying to get it right, Ram and I were wringing our hands over who could be the detective. Then, serendipitously, we heard Daniel might have a small window, and it worked out. He’s an actor of extraordinary range, and we are looking forward to the fun of finding that modern detective and collaborating with Daniel on creating a new Poirot.”

Knives Out promises to be a film to look for in 2019. For more on the film, keep your eyes on Nightmare on Film Street!