Rian Johnson’s Next Project Will Be a Detective Story Starring Daniel Craig

The Last Jedi director is turning his love for Agatha Christie novels into a murder-mystery film of his own, titled Knives Out

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While Bond 25 lurks in delayed-film hell, Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson has snatched up James Bond himself for his next movie. Johnson has been a longtime fan of Daniel Craig, and quickly cast him as the lead detective in Knives Out. The film will be a modern-day murder-mystery and has been a passion project of sorts for the filmmaker.

Johnson cites detective novelist Agatha Christie as a major inspiration for Knives Out, saying he has admired her work since childhood. He has wanted to make his own “impossible crime” mystery for a while and finally finished the screenplay this past summer. Knives Out is set to start production in November, and is a hot auction item at TIFF this week.

Read more about the project in my article here, as well as what this could mean for the new (and very much untitled) Rian Johnson-directed Star Wars trilogy.

What’s your favorite Rian Johnson film? Remember, he also directed Looper and Brick. Does Daniel Craig’s role in Knives Out bode poorly for the future of the Bond films?


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