7 Things to Know About Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

Rian Johnson never disappoints when it comes to serving viewers with something intriguing. He is at it this time with the 2019 movie Knives Out. The dark comedy film released in September 2019 has all the ingredients needed for a thriller but then has a slight comic touch to it. Who wouldn’t be thrilled by the event where a celebrant in a birthday party is found dead in his home the next day?. Johnson not only brings this fictional story to life but also chooses the best cast (top-notch at that) who have portrayed their characters perfectly. There is so much to know about this movie, and we have all the facts you need to know. Find out more as you scroll through.

The Premise of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

In Knives Out, Harlan Thrombey (portrayed by Christopher Plummer) is a renowned and wealthy novelist. The Octogenarian is the author of many crime novels and has also won a lot of awards for his works. To celebrate his 85th birthday he invites his extended family to his mansion, many miles away from town with the aim of resolving conflicts that have left his family divided. But then the unexpected happens – he is found dead the next day after the celebrations.

His death comes as a shock to many and the police are soon alerted. Police Detective Benoit Blanc is asked to investigate the case. However as the story develops, all the family members become suspects in the all complicating case.

7 Things to Know About the Highly-Anticipated Movie

1. The Agatha Christie Effect

Its no news to fans of the filmmaker that Johnson had always wanted to make an Agatha Christie inspired murder mystery movie. He wanted to have the likes of ‘Hercule Poirot’ for once in his films and had sought a perfect timing for that. Rian had wanted to produce a film with such a theme after he finished Looper in 2012. But then, Star Wars: The Last Jedi followed in 2017. It was after then that Johnson decided it was time to make a movie with a theme like that of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries. He achieved this aim with Knives Out.

2. Knives Out All-Star Cast

Daniel Craig, Noah Segan, and LaKeith Stanfield in Knives Out (2019)
Daniel Craig, Noah Segan, and LaKeith Stanfield in Knives Out (image source)

Knives Out has an ensemble cast comprising several big wigs in the industry. Notable names like Daniel Craig (Benoit Blanc), Chris Evans (Ranson Drysdale-Thrombey), Jamie Lee Curtis (Lynda Drysdale-Thrombey), and many others are the kind of A-list actors that played key roles in the film. A pleasant surprise it was seeing Craig bring his James Bond influence on in the film, and nailing it while at that. Some of the members of the all-star Knives Out cast members are outlined below.

S/NActors and ActressesCharacters in Knives Out
1Daniel CraigBenoit Blanc
2Chris EvansRansom Drysdale-Thrombey
3Ana de ArmasMarta Cabrera
4Jamie Lee CurtisLinda Drysdale-Thrombey
5Michael ShannonWalter “Walt” Thrombey
6Don JohnsonRichard Drysdale-Thrombey
7Toni ColletteJoni Thrombey
8Lakeith StanfieldDetective Lieutenant Elliot
9Katherine LangfordMeg Thrombey
10Jaeden MartellJacob Thrombey
11Christopher PlummerHarlan Thrombey
12Noah SeganTrooper Wagner
13Edi PattersonFran
14Riki LindhomeDonna Thrombey
15K CallanGreat Nana Thrombey

3. Triple Responsibility

Rian Johnson served the triple responsibility of writing, producing, and directing Knives Out. Rian indeed went all deep to construct the dark comedy film.

4. Fascinating Reviews

Following its premiere at the Toronto film festival on September 7, 2019, the film got rated 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and was touted on many platforms as top-notch murder mystery which has exceeded expectations. Knives Out is already standing out for its uniqueness in casting, plot, and anything you can imagine. The murder mystery defied the mediocrity associated with murder investigation movies and series as Rian did some refining fine-tunings to the regular crime theme making it one of a kind. It came off to be the kind of theme everyone has been waiting for.

5. Screened a Week Early

In the spirit of the celebration of his film’s success, Johnson chose to satisfy the thirst of his anticipating fans. Although Knives Out had premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019, the director announced in October that he would screen another preview of the movie. It was to be screened twice on November 22nd and 23rd respectively before its official release on November 27. The filmmaker made this awesome announcement through his Twitter handle, leaving everyone in awe and in great anticipation of the film’s release.

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6. Filming Location

For Knives Out, all that had to do with photography was done in Boston, Massachusetts and commenced in October 2018. Filming ended in December 2018.

7. Budget

The all thrilling murder mystery was made on a budget of $40 million. All ears are on the ground with respect to the anticipated commercial success of Knives Out after its official release in November.


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