It looks like no one can keep Knives Out 2 out of the news lately. Netflix’s next murder mystery sequel is gearing up for a lengthy summer filming in Greece, which has led to a number of casting announcements since May 10.
Compared to the glut of disclosures last week, casting announcements were particularly quiet earlier this week. Now, however, we’ve received reports of the next actor to join the film’s burgeoning lineup. Hamilton and One Night in Miami star Leslie Odom Jr. also pledged to appear, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Odom Jr. joins Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn and Janelle Monae as new cast members for Rian Johnson’s upcoming whodunit film. This quintet will play alongside Daniel Craig, who will reprise his role as detective Benoit Blanc from the 2019 film.
As with the other announcements, Odom Jr.’s role is unknown at this time. It would be easy to speculate that he will play the villain – Odom Jr. played Aaron Burr in Hamilton, after all – but the villain of Knives Out 2 could be anyone, including stars who don’t. have not yet been announced as part of its throw.
Hopefully, we get an official synopsis for Knives Out 2 when principal photography begins later this year.
Analysis: Knives Out 2 builds a more diverse cast than the original
So far, it’s been interesting to follow every Knives Out 2 casting announcement. As brilliant as the first film is, there’s no denying that its cast was mostly white.
Yes, that spoke to one of the underlying themes of Knives Out: criticizing white upper class privilege. The film’s cast, however, was not as ethnically representative as it might have been. Knives Out had a lone black actor (Lakeith Stanfield) and two Hispanic cast members (Ana de Armas and Marlene Forte), with that trio making up just 16% of the film’s overall cast.
Knives Out 2 seems to be going in the opposite direction. Of the six cast members who have reportedly joined the production, two are black (Odom Jr. and Monae) and one (Bautista) is of Filipino descent.
With a 50% split between white and ethnic minority actors in its cast so far, Knives Out 2 is already more diverse than its predecessor. If he maintains this connection with the future actor reveals, it will be the most representative cast of a Rian Johnson film so far, and one that better reflects the world around us.