Glenn Close and Kerry Washington cast in ‘Knives Out 3’: everything we know about ‘Wake Up Dead Man’

At this point, it’s easy to imagine that the writer and director Daniel Johnson creates a kind of Thanos-type gauntlet for each installment of the Knives out Franchise: Gather as many top-notch talented artists as possible to join Daniel Craig Detective Benoit Blanc in his new mystery full of twists.

Johnson and Netflix announced the third installment in the fun franchise in May 2024, sharing little more than the title: Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery. The new film follows the original. Knives out – launched in 2019 – as well as in 2022 Crystal Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

“I love everything related to detective novels, but one of the things I like most is how malleable the genre is,” the director shared on social media before announcing the title of the third sequel. “There’s a whole tonal spectrum from Carr to Christie, and exploring that range is one of the most exciting things about making Benoit Blanc films.”

Casting information began to trickle in after the film was announced, and Craig was joined by stars such as josh o’connor (The crown, challengers), Cailee Spaeny (Priscilla, Civil War), andres scott (Flea Bag, Ripley), Kerry Washington (Scandal, small fires everywhere) and Glenn Close.

Read on to see everything we know about the latest Benoit Blanc mystery.


Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc

Daniel Craig plays Detective Benoit Blanc in the ‘Knives Out’ franchise.leonsgate

The only constant main character during the first two. Knives out films has been Detective Benoit Blanc, Craig’s thoughtful, country detective who gets his answers (and his killers) even when it seems all is lost.

In January 2023, Johnson teased whether fans could expect to see Hugh grant return as Craig’s love interest in another Knives out movie after it appeared in Glass onion.

“Honestly, if you throw a rock here, you’ll hit someone I’d love to have in one of the mystery movies. So we’ll see.” he told ET on the Moet platform at the 2023 Golden Globes before discussing a possible continuation of the romance between Grant and Craig’s characters. “We’ll see. Look, I should be so lucky to have Hugh Grant in more mystery movies. We’ll see what happens. It’s all a maybe.”

josh o’connor

‘The Crown’ and ‘Challengers’ star Josh O’Connor will star in ‘Wake Up Dead Man’.Rich Fury/Getty Images

Fresh off his much-talked-about performance in Challengers – a stark contrast to his elegant period piece roles in The crown and emma — it will be interesting to see what kind of character O’Connor takes on in the new Knives out film, although no details have yet been announced.

Cailee Spaeny

‘Priscilla’ star Cailee Spaeny will star in the new ‘Knives Out’ movie, ‘Wake Up Dead Man.’John Salangsang/Golden Globes 2024/Golden Globes 2024 via Getty Images

He priscilla the star is another hot young star to join the Knives out franchise after showing her reach as early as 2024 with her performance not only in Sofia Coppola’s emotional biopic, but also in Alex Garland’s harrowing dystopian thriller, Civil war.

andres scott

Pictured at the 2024 Met Gala, Andrew Scott will join the latest film in the ‘Knives Out’ franchise.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Okay, so it’s not just “Hot Priest” anymore, but it’s hard to look at Scott and not feel blessed by his role in the second season of flea bag. Since then, however, the Irish actor, who gained recognition early in his career for his chilling Moriarty on the BBC show sherlock — has starred in acclaimed films such as All of us strangers and television series such as Ripleyleaving the door open as to what kind of character he will bring to the franchise.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington to star in ‘Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery’.Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Washington has focused on more intense dramatic fair since its seven seasons on ScandalHowever, fans will hopefully get to see her goofing around and being a boss once again in her unknown role in Wake up dead man.

Glenn Close

Glenn Close will star in the third ‘Knives Out’ film, ‘Wake Up Dead Man’.getty

The latest acting legend to join the Knives Out franchise, Close, 77, has taken on a diverse range of film and television roles in recent years; It will be exciting to see what Johnson has in her story for her in Wake up dead man.


netflix announced Wake up dead man in May 2024, revealing almost nothing about the upcoming film other than its title.

The teaser video featured a voiceover from Craig as Benoit, which ominously hinted that the third installment in the franchise could be more heartbreaking than its predecessors.

“At first, the knives came out. Then, lo and behold, the glass shattered,” Detective Blanc recalls in the short clip set to suspenseful music. “But my most dangerous case yet is about to be revealed.”


As of May 2024, casting announcements had just begun, meaning production is in very early stages. However, in the Netflix announcement, they shared that currently plans are to release the third Knives out movie in 2025.

Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery comes to Netflix worldwide in 2025.


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