Knives Out 2: European premiere to close London Film Festival

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Benoit Blanc is coming back to London (Picture: PA)

The European premiere of Glass Onion, the highly anticipated sequel to Knives Out, will close the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) this year.

The film, starring Daniel Craig as gentleman detective Benoit Blanc, will have a gala screening at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre on Sunday October 16.

Former Bond star Craig will attend alongside director and producer Rian Johnson.

Also in attendance will be Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr, Kate Hudson and Madelyn Cline, all new to the franchise, with more names to be added.

Simultaneous preview screenings will also take place at additional cinemas across the UK.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will see Blanc travel to Greece to peel back the layers (arf arf) of a case involving a new cast of colourful suspects.

Daniel Craig with co-star Ana de Armas in the first film (Picture: Claire Folger/Lionsgate/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)

Johnson said: ‘I’m thrilled to be back at LFF with Glass Onion, and it’s an honour to be closing the festival.

‘A proper whodunnit really does belong in London, so it feels a bit like coming home!’

Tricia Tuttle, director of the LFF, said: ‘Rian Johnson’s Knives Out was a major hit when we hosted the European Premiere at the Festival in 2019.

‘Our audiences adored the film’s wit and that it tipped its very stylish hat to the wonderful tradition of British onscreen sleuths.

The Bond actor will be in attendance for the premiere (Picture: Getty)
(L-R) Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, director Rian Johnson, Ana de Armas, Ram Bergman and Nathan Johnson attend the European Premiere of Knives Out during the 63rd BFI London Film Festival (Picture: Dave Benett/WireImage)

‘And here, Rian Johnson strikes gold again with the help of the year’s hottest ensemble cast. Like its predecessor, Glass Onion is entertaining and culturally literate in equal measure, making some hilarious, razor sharp observations about the world we live in.

‘The European Premiere of the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will bring the house down as the Closing Gala of the 66th BFI London Film Festival!’

Kate Hudson is one of the new star-studded additions to Glass Onion, and will also hit London for the premiere (Picture: Getty)

Knives Out, which co-starred Chris Evans, Ana De Armas and Christopher Plummer, also had its European premiere at the LFF in 2019, with Johnson and the cast walking the red carpet.

Netflix won the distribution rights to the budding franchise for a chunky $469m (£330m), under the condition that two sequels – both starring Craig – be produced.

The 66th BFI London Film Festival takes place from Wednesday October 5 to Sunday October 16.

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