Knives Out, the celebrated 2019 murder mystery from director Rian Johnson. is getting a somewhat unlikely sequel. The new caper is bringing back Daniel Craig’s detective Blanc along with another sprawling cast of movie stars, Hollywood legends, and character actors. In what was supposed to be a surprise, we’ve learned from a photo leak that Ethan Hawke has also joined the cast of the whodunnit.
Hawke’s casting rounds out (for now) a star-studded cast including Craig, Ed Norton, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., Kathryn Hahn, and more. Hawke’s name being on the list was just a rumor until set photos circulated from the set location in Greece showing Hawke holding a gun to Bautista’s face.
The actor should feel right at home in Greece, having filmed Before Midnight with Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater there. Knives Out 2 promises to have a different vibe, though.
Ethan Hawke pointing a gun at Dave Bautista on the Knives Out 2 set is the vibe for today pic.twitter.com/j2Mds1xK2e
— Nim Chimpsky (@RWyattDuncan) June 29, 2021
Loving the slick look Hawke has going for him here, even though we don’t yet know the nature of his role. Or anyone’s role, really, aside from Craig’s, the one holdover from the first movie. Like the characters in a mystery movie, we’ll just have to wait and see.