Christopher Plummer in talks to join Rian Johnson’s Knives Out
According to The Hollywood Reporter, veteran actor Christopher Plummer (The Last Station, Waterloo, The Insider) is currently in talks to join in the star-studded cast of Rian Johnson’s forthcoming murder mystery Knives Out. Production began on the film last week.
Plummer is a multi-awarded veteran actor best known for portraying the role of Captain von Trapp in the 1965 musical film The Sound of Music opposite Julie Andrews. He also starred in Mike Mills’ Beginners which earned him an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
Johnson’s upcoming feature has already amassed an impressive cast including Daniel Craig (Spectre) Chris Evans (Avengers: Infinity War), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry To Bother You), Don Johnson, Toni Collette (Hereditary) and Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween).
Johnson wrote the script for Knives Out, which has yet to release any kind of synopsis but is described as a modern-day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from Brick to Looper. Craig committed to star in November after Danny Boyle suddenly left the Bond 25 project, and Johnson wrote the script and will be producing alongside partner Ram Bergman. Johnson has been a huge Agatha Christie fan for years, and for over a decade has been plotting his own murder mystery.
Johnson will make Knives Out before he directs a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe.
Last September, it was announced that Media Rights Capital, the company behind such hits as Baby Driver and the upcoming Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines, has successfully landed the rights to the film at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival and is set to finance with a $40 million commitment.
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