Danny Boyle‘s recent exit from Bond 25 means Daniel Craig has suddenly got a lot of time on his hands, though he couldn’t be accused of wasting it.
He and wife Rachel Weisz have just welcomed a baby girl, for a start, but that’s not the only big role he’s signed up for: Deadline reports he’s also set to star in a new project by Star Wars director Rian Johnson. Knives Out is described as a “contemporary murder mystery” in the “classic whodunit style,” and will require a new look for Daniel.
“He’s an actor of extraordinary range,” Rian told Deadline, “and we are looking forward to the fun of finding that modern detective, and collaborating with Daniel on creating a new Poirot.”
Does this mean Daniel is swapping Bond’s tux for a fob watch and dressing gown? Rian admitted to being a huge fan of Agatha Christie, and has been developing an idea for a murder mystery of his own for over 10 years now.
And in 2016 he and fellow filmmaker Edgar Wright watched The Mousetrap, the play written by Christie that’s been playing in London’s West End continuously for over 66 years, since opening in 1952.
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That’s not the twist, although audience members are asked not to divulge the real one as they leave the theater.
Knives Out sounds similar to Rian’s earlier films, made long before he got the Star Wars gig, in particular his quirky breakout Brick, a 2005 neo-noir mystery set in a modern-day high school. It may also signal a return for Daniel to his earlier, grittier roles in Road to Perdition and Layer Cake.
Just what the twist will be, and how a Christie-esque locked door mansion murder mystery will work in a modern-day setting, is yet to be seen. But we’re excited to find out, not to mention hopeful that Daniel will sport an even bigger moustache than Sir Kenneth Branagh‘s recent lip hugger when he played Poirot.
Production starts in November, though there’s no word yet on when Bond 25 — which was due to start filming in December — will get going again.
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