Having taken a break from a certain galaxy far, far away, Rian Johnson is set to return to Earth with “Knives Out.” Lionsgate debuted the trailer for the “Brick” and “Looper” director’s new project with MRC, which until now has been referred to only as a “contemporary murder mystery,” during its CinemaCon panel today. That vague description has only piqued viewers’ curiosity, ditto its impressive ensemble cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer.
Johnson was joined onstage by Curtis and de Armas, representing what Curtis called a family that “puts the diss in dysfunctional.” The director, for his part, compared “Knives Out” to Agatha Christie and said it has a “Hitchcock thriller-type twist.” He also revealed a bit about his characters: Craig plays a detective investigating a murder, and de Armas serves as the “moral center of this cast of lunatics.”
The trailer further revealed Plummer as a family patriarch who dies during his own birthday party, prompting said investigation, as well as glimpses at the rest of the ensemble — including Evans, who repeatedly tells those around him to “eat shit.” It comes complete with a clever tag line: “a whodunnit like no one else has dunnit.”
Reactions have been positive:
KNIVES OUT looks like a stylized, cool, gritty CLUE! Oh man that looks fun.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) April 4, 2019
#KnivesOut looks fantastic and a great addition to the holiday season slate. an exciting, somewhat humorous, murder mystery with an incredible cast #CinemaCon
— Maddy (@1_DayAtATime_) April 4, 2019
"Knives out" seems to be fun, eclectic, mysterious and the actors wow… we are in for a great one… Chris Evans is my kind of Chris always but here he is more than ever… #Cinemacon
— sakura dreams (@sakurablossomx2) April 4, 2019
Happy to see Chris Evans in interesting, non-MCU projects again. He says “eat shit” like five times in the #KnivesOut trailer.
— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) April 4, 2019
KNIVES OUT looks great, strong Agatha Christie vibe. Shannon & Stanfield are detectives and the family consists of everyone else. @ChrisEvans is playing maybe the virtual opposite of Cap. #CinemaCon
— Rohan Patel (@KingPatel7) April 4, 2019
Lionsgate will release “Knives Out” on November 27.
Additional reporting by Kate Erbland.