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Daniel Craig is set to star in Rian Johnson’s new murder mystery film


It sounds like Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) is going back to his Brick beginnings with his latest film. Called Knives Out, it is being described as a contemporary murder mystery that will star Daniel Craig as a detective assigned to solve the crime.

Johnson told Deadline he has been an Agatha Christie nut since his teens, sparking to her richly drawn characters and the twists and turns that drove her whodunits. For a decade, he has been framing in his mind how he would make his own murder mystery, and over the summer he scripted his contemporary version of the locked door mansion murder mystery.

Will Johnson try and subvert our expectations on what an Agatha Christie inspired thriller will be like he did with The Last Jedi (see my thoughts on that here)? I’m calling it now, but Daniel Craig’s character will turn out to be the killer!

Longtime collaborators Johnson and Ram Bergman confirmed the details and sales plans for Knives Out, which they’ll finance through a new company they’ve put together but have not yet named.

“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,” Johnson said. “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.”

Rian Johnson wrote the Knives Out script and Craig has committed to star in the film, while his James Bond 25 film looks for a new director after Danny Boyle left the project.

As far as I am aware, Johnson is also still working on his own original Star Wars trilogy for Disney, but looks like he has got time for this new film.

Top image from 2001’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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