On December 23, Netflix released “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” a follow-up to Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,” which promises yet another mind-bending mystery at its core. Detective Benoit Blanc, played once again by Daniel Craig, heads to Greece to investigate a new cast of suspects in this sprawling ensemble, including Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Edward Norton, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, and Kate Hudson, all of whom play wealthy individuals whose world Benoit investigates and ultimately upends. While many of the characters seem to be based on real-life headline makers, the movie provides more insight into Benoit’s backstory, according to Johnson’s interview with Yahoo published on December 19. Although both he and Craig agree that the movie should focus on the mystery, they wanted to develop Benoit’s character further by offering glimpses into his personal life, Johnson revealed. In this article, we’ll provide a spoiler-free rundown of the main cast and what the actors have said about their complex characters.
Detective Benoit Blanc, aka “The Last of the Gentlemen Sleuths,” returns for the sequel, with Daniel Craig reprising his role. He is the only actor from the first film to return. During a screening of the movie at the London Film Festival earlier this fall, director Rian Johnson confirmed that Blanc is queer and always has been, according to Insider. Johnson mentioned a specific scene in the film where Blanc has a male partner. He also expressed his joy “cast of knives out 2″ the actor who plays Blanc’s partner, saying that he couldn’t imagine anyone else in the world to bring him more joy for the character to be with.
Edward Norton plays Miles Bron, a billionaire tech mogul in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.” Bron invites his friends to his private island, where things spiral out of control. The island is also home to the film’s titular glass onion. Although Bron might resemble real-life tech billionaires, director Rian Johnson tried to avoid thinking about any specific individuals while writing the character. According to an interview with Deadline in November, the fact that Bron is a tech billionaire made sense for the story, but it also presented an obstacle in the writing process. Johnson admitted that thinking too specifically about real-world analogs became tedious quickly. Therefore, he focused on building Bron as his own unique, clownish character, which proved to be a challenge.
Janelle Monáe portrays Cassandra “Andi” Brand, Miles Bron’s former business partner in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.” Andi and Miles are the central figures in the group of friends that gather on Bron’s private island in the film. Monáe described her character to Deadline as a wealthy leader and gatherer. She also expressed her desire to work with director Rian Johnson after watching his 2012 film “Looper.” Monáe was impressed by Johnson’s innovative approach to the sci-fi genre and knew she would say yes to any opportunity to collaborate with him. Upon reading the script for “Glass Onion,” Monáe was eager to join the cast of knives out 2.
Bautista portrays Duke Cody in the film, a men’s rights activist, and a video creator. He revealed to Polygon in May 2021 that the first “Knives Out” film wasn’t very emotional or dramatic. However, it was unique and fascinating, with a talented cast. Bautista expressed his desire to work with Rian Johnson, saying, “It’s a lot of those factors. Although it’s not down that dramatic path that I really love and that I’m pursuing, I feel like this is a huge statement because of the caliber of the people that are involved and how successful the first film was.”
Cline, famous for her role in “Outer Banks,” portrays the role of Whiskey, Duke’s girlfriend. To prepare for her role, Cline conducted extensive research on the personality traits of Duke and Whiskey, saying that she went down a “very deep, dark rabbit hole” of parties thrown by Dan Bilzerian and YouTube bodybuilders. As for Whiskey’s style and demeanor, Cline said, “She never quite made it out of 2016.” However, Cline believes that people should not ignore Whiskey’s presence in this intricate puzzle. “The funny thing about Whiskey is she’s playing her own games,” she told The Cut. “She’s watching everyone around her. She has a facade as well.”
Hudson stars as Birdie Jay, a fashion designer and former model. Although Johnson didn’t pen the part specifically for her, Hudson revealed to Vanity Fair in December that she felt it was the ideal role. “I was in my sweet spot reading Birdie. I’ve been waiting on the sideline. It’s been tough because the movies I’ve wanted to make aren’t the ones I’ve been getting. So with Rian, it was like, ‘If you just put me in the game, I know I can deliver the goods for you,’” she explained.
Hudson also praised Johnson’s direction and sense of humor, adding, “For someone like me who loves comedy, being in the hands of someone like Rian Johnson, I feel so fortunate that he chose me. I could see her body language. I’ve been in a lot of movies where comedy hasn’t been honored, or maybe edited, or directed as you would have hoped.”
Henwick portrays Peg, who is Birdie’s frantic assistant. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in November, the actress stated that she based her character on her own experiences as a production assistant in Hollywood. “I know what it’s like because I’ve been a P.A.,” she remarked. “I quit. I walked off. I was like, I’m done.’”
Regarding her portrayal in the film, she explained, “I tried to convey that feeling that I experienced that day. Peg experiences it every single day. She’s always on the verge of quitting. ‘Why am I doing this?’ But she also can’t leave because she loves and depends on Birdie. It’s an interesting and intriguing relationship, very codependent. Women in this type of relationship are not often seen on screen.”
Leslie Odom Jr.
Odom Jr. is adding to his murder-mystery credits with his role in “Knives Out 2” as Lionel Toussaint, Miles’s company’s head scientist. His experience with crime dramas includes Dr. Arbuthnot in 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” Maliko Christo in “Vanished,” Peter Collier in “Person of Interest,” and Reverend Curtis Scott in “Law & Order: SVU.”
In an interview with Media, Odom Jr. shared details about his character, saying, “Part of the tension of him at the top of this film is because he is so close to achieving something that would honor his years of study and the things that he cares about most, but he is aligned with someone that is duplicitous, and that is manipulative and very wealthy and someone who pulls the strings.” He further added, “A lot of us find ourselves in that situation in the real world. There’s a lot of tension in the relationship dynamics at the top of this movie.”
Hahn takes on the role of Claire Debella, a politician vying for the Senate. In a November interview with Movie Web, the actress revealed that her character’s wardrobe was limited to the color beige. She further explained that this allowed her to stand out and have the freedom to play with the visual confinements of her character. Hahn also praised Johnson’s script, describing it as twisting and turning. She hopes that viewers can go into the movie without any prior knowledge about it to fully enjoy the surprises it offers. The actress added that she wishes people could keep their experiences to themselves to allow others to experience the same level of surprise.