As we saw earlier today, it’s looking more likely that Chris Evans is bidding farewell to Captain America. Having been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for eight years, the actor has wrapped shooting Avengers 4, and there’s no indication that he’ll suit back up in Phase 4. But life goes on, and he’s certainly not leaving the acting world. Evans balanced his time in the MCU with other projects here and there, and now word’s come in one of his first post-Avengers 4 appearances will see him collaborating with Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson on his upcoming crime drama.
According to Deadline, Chris Evans has been cast in Knives Out, which will see him acting alongside Daniel Craig. Having delivered the incredibly divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi late last year, Johnson is tackling Knives Out before he moves onto his Star Wars film trilogy. Although Knives Out is expected to start filming before Craig tackles the recently delayed Bond 25, it’s unclear if this movie will be Evans’ first to be released after Avengers 4 or if one of the other movies he’s already signed onto will arrive sooner. Along with his cinematic endeavors, Evans is also attached to star in the Apple limited series Defending Jacob.
Chris Evans’ movies during his tenure as Captain America included What’s Your Number?, Snowpiercer and Gifted, and now that he’s seemingly retired from his patriotic superhero duties, that gives him more time to show off his acting chops in other kinds of movies. Considering all the positive chatter surrounding Knives Out, which recently Media Rights Capital bought the world rights for at the Toronto International Film Festival, Evans being one of the leads is a solid next step forward, especially since Daniel Craig will be his costar. I can’t wait to learn who will be joining these two in the main cast, but regardless, this will be a good way for Evans to delve into darker material.
The only plot details that have been revealed so far about Knives Out is that it will be a classic whodunnit murder mystery (in the vein of Agatha Christies’s stories) set in the present. In addition to directing, Johnson wrote the script and is producing with his partner Ram Bergman through their still-to-be-named company. Before jumping into the Star Wars franchise, Johnson directed grittier fare like Brick and Looper, so making Knives Out will be a return to familiar territory before he sets out to chart a new path for the galaxy far, far away.