Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson may be developing a new trilogy for a galaxy far far away, but he’s also focusing his attention on a new film.
According to new reports, Johnson will be directing an Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery titled Knives Out. Additionally, it is being reported that James Bond actor Daniel Craig will appear in the film as one of the leads. More on the story below.
According to Deadline, Craig has committed to Knives Out, which begins production in November. The film, which will be Johnson’s first project since The Last Jedi, is described as a “modern day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from Brick to Looper.” The director has been a fan of Agatha Christie since he was a teenager, and has been developing his own vision for a “locked door mansion murder mystery.”
The timing couldn’t be more perfect for Craig. With Bond 25 put on hold due to Danny Boyle’s exit, Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman saw an opportunity to pursue the actor for the lead role. Once Craig read it, he jumped on board.
While we have seen the actor in plenty of roles other than James Bond, Knives Out will give audiences another chance to see him play a character he would normally be associated with. Which is great, because films like Logan Lucky, Tintin, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Road to Perdition are all great films that show he’s more than just a secret agent.
Of landing Craig for the film, Johnson said:
“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.”
If it is anything like Johnson describes it, we could be seeing Craig’s take on a colorful, vibrant detective with shades of Poirot. But we will just have to wait and see. It would certainly be a major turn from films like Johnson’s last mystery film, Brick.
Johnson says he and Bergman enjoy working on studio films like Star Wars, but like the independent side of it as well, where they can give us great films like Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper.
Now the two will be taking Knives Out to the Toronto International Film Festival where it will be put up on auction for international major buyers. We’ll just have to wait and see if there are any takers.