Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Follow-Up Is Building A Phenomenal Cast

Although Rian Johnson really only became a household names thanks to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he’s been working with great actors for years. Between Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper – his first three films – his record of collaborations include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark Ruffalo, Adrian Brody, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt. and Jeff Daniels. Now he’s putting together the cast for his next feature, Knives Out, and he’s made three stellar selections so far.

We only heard first heard about Knives Out at the start of last month, minimal details revealing that it will be a classic whodunit murder mystery, but in the last few weeks we’ve learned about some incredible talent coming aboard. And without further ado, let’s start with the latest, shall we?

The report that inspired this little write-up comes from Deadline, which says that Lakeith Stanfield has signed on to Knives Out to play a detective. Sadly, not much more is known about the part, but we can certainly hope it will be worthy of his talents.

Stanfield only made his feature debut five years ago, but already he has proven to mass audiences that he is a remarkably gifted actor. Everything started with a brilliant turn opposite Brie Larson in the shattering drama Short Term 12, but since then we’ve witnessed further greatness in movies like Get Out and Sorry To Bother You, not to mention the genius FX series Atlanta.

Also set to play a key role in the ensemble is Michael Shannon, who was also just revealed as part of the cast today thanks to Variety. This is exciting news partially just because Shannon is an immensely talented performer, but also because it seems like such a great fit genre-wise. There are few around who can radiate intensity like him, and that should be perfect for a tense Agatha Christie-style story.

Part of being a talented character actor is working with the best-of-the-best filmmakers, and it’s exciting that Rian Johnson and Shannon are now working together. I’m not quite sure if I want to see him play something totally on-brand for him, or something completely new and different.

Set to join Lakeith Stanfield as a detective in Knives Out is Daniel Craig, who was the first actor to come aboard the project. Given that the movie is getting ready to start shooting later this year, it’s unclear how it will coordinate with the production schedule for Bond 25 – but given the setup and presumed scale of this project, it probably won’t be filming for very long.

It’s worth mentioning that Craig has a bit of experience in the murder mystery genre, having previously starred in David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. We can’t say at this point how much further similarities will go from there, but hopefully one area in which they will match is quality level.

Finally we have Chris Evans, who is attached to Knives Out in a mystery role. Given the information we have, we can probably rule him out as another detective, but that’s really as far as details go.

Given Evans’ recent posts on social media, it might wind up being that Knives Out will be his first film to come following the end of his run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – which lasted for a full eight years. Of course, given the size of the actor’s fanbase, and the awesome talent demonstrated during his time as Captain America and in other roles, this certainly will only be the first of many great post-Marvel titles to come.

With production gearing up before the end of 2018, it’s very likely that we will get to see Knives Out in its finished form at some point in 2019. Right now the film definitely has our attention, and we’ll be sure to keep delivering new details about the project here on CinemaBlend as they become available.

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