Leslie Odom Jr. Joins Ensemble Cast of “Knives Out 2”

Leslie Odom Jr.
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The sequel to 2019’s hit movie Knives Out added another big name to its growing ensemble cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest high-profile name to join the project is Academy Award-nominee Leslie Odom Jr.

Knives Out 2 will see Rian Johnson writing and directing once again while Daniel Craig is set to return in the role of detective Benoit Blanc. Previously added cast members include Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, and Kathryn Hahn.

The plot of the sequel is being kept under wraps, but moviegoers can expect another murder mystery that will keep them on their toes until the very end. The latest reports say that the movie will begin filming this summer in Greece. 

Even before Knives Out was released, Johnson said that he already has an idea for the sequel and would like to create a franchise centered on detective Blanc. It became clear that this is a real possibility once the movie earned universal acclaim from the critics while earning $311 million at the box office.

Then in March 2021, streaming service giant Netflix announced that they had purchased the rights for not one but two Knives Out sequels. Reportedly, the deal was worth more than $400 million and came with several clauses. This included Daniel Craig staying in the same role and budget of the sequels having the same or bigger budget as the original.