Another day, another Knives Out casting announcement: this time, Janelle Monae has been added to the ensemble of the upcoming sequel.

We’re starting to get used to this. Rian Johnson and company have been spoiling us a bit over the last couple of days, drip-feeding us casting announcements for his planned Knives Out sequel day by day. It’s almost like an advent calendar, apart from the fact that it’s May and the actual day we’re all anticipating (the film’s release) will come long, long after these treats have ceased.

Today’s casting news is that Janelle Monae has joined the growing cast for the film. Monae, who could be described as ‘more than a bit good’ at singing, brings an impressive acting pedigree to the role too, with roles in Hidden Figures and Harriet to name but two.

The actor joins what’s already a promisingly eclectic cast, including the return of Daniel Craig as sleuth Benoit Blanc, alongside Dave Bautista and Edward Norton.

The film is set to shoot in Greece this summer and will head to Netflix, who paid a reported $469m for the privilege of two Knives Out sequels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ‘only contingencies of the deal were that Craig must star in the sequels and that each must have at least the budget of the 2019 movie, which was in the $40 million range.’

We’ll (hopefully) be back tomorrow with more on the casting process for the project, which is quickly becoming almost as fun as rewatching Knives Out again. Gerard Butler next?

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