Oscar nominee Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) is the latest star to join the ever-growing cast of Rian Johnson’s murder mystery sequel Knives Out 2 (via Deadline). Hudson will appear alongside Daniel Craig, who is reprising his role as Benoit Blanc, and the previously announced cast members Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, and Leslie Odom Jr. No plot or character details have been released yet for the upcoming sequel.
Hudson most recently appeared in the drama Music, the docudrama Marshall, Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon, and the comedy-drama Mother’s Day. Her upcoming projects include Truth Be Told Season 2, the Michael Maren comedy Shriver, and Ana Lily Amirpour’s fantasy thriller Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon.
Production on Knives Out 2 is set to begin this summer in Greece, with Johnson back to write and direct the film, as well as produce alongside Ram Bergman. It was reported earlier this year that Netflix had acquired the franchise in a $400+ million deal that includes the next two installments.
Knives Out first hit theaters in November 2019 to rave reviews from critics, garnering three Golden Globe nominations and an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay, and was a smash hit at the box office, grossing over $311 million at the global box office on its $40 million budget.
The original film paid tribute to the celebrated works of Agatha Christie, plotting a modern-day murder mystery in which renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate the morning after his 85th birthday, sparking the interest of stylish private detective Benoit Blanc to investigate. Weaving his way through the eccentric Thrombey family and his devoted staff, Blanc must see through the intricate web of lies and red herrings to determine the truth behind Thrombey’s demise.
The ensemble roster for Knives Out was led by Daniel Craig (No Time to Die) as Blanc and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) as Harlan alongside Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), Lakeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Katherine Langford (Love, Simon), Toni Collette (Hereditary), Riki Lindhome (Kidding), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Jaeden Martell (Defending Jacob) and Noah Segan (The Pale Door).