After hanging up the James Bond mantle last year, following No Time To Die, British icon Daniel Craig has teamed up with the Star Wars director, Rian Johnson, once again. The actor is reprising his role as the Kentucky-born detective, Benoit Blanc, in the Knives Out series. Glass Onion, the whodunit sequel, has a couple of unexpectedly major cameos in the process, and Craig was left thrilled by them.
Craig revealed at the London Film Festival over the weekend that he “couldn’t be prouder” of sharing the screen with the recently deceased star, Angela Lansbury.
“I mean, my favourite film was Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” he revealed, speaking about the 1971 Disney movie, which starred Lansbury.
The British actress died last week, aged 96, and was a stalwart of the murder mystery genre. She spent almost 20 years on the small screen as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote.
He added: “The fact that she’s in our movie, we’re so blessed – and also what an incredible life she had.”
Johnson also praised Lansbury and her inclusion in the movie, but also praised another star who died late last year.
Legendary American composer Stephen Sondheim will also be making an appearance in Glass Onion – reportedly as himself in a brief cameo.
Johnson praised both Sondheim and Lansbury for joining his movie, despite how small their parts were. He said: “Besides just the honour of having them in the movie… just being able to have ten minutes with each of them, to tell them what their work has meant to me was really, really special.”
Craig was also keen to heap on the praise.
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Johnson also gave some insight into why he has pivoted to create star-studded murder mystery features.
He explained: “I grew up loving murder mysteries, I grew up loving Agatha Christie’s books and the movies that were based on her books, like the old Death On The Nile and Evil Under The Sun and so for me, it’s really a comfort-food genre I’ve always loved. I didn’t want to so much put my own twist on it, I just wanted to do a really good version of it, but I wanted to do it set in America right now.”
He added: “Daniel and I, we’re like little kids when we get together to collaborate and I think it sets the tone for the whole cast and I hope it comes off the screen how much fun we’re having.”
Craig was also very open about returning to the franchise after 2019’s Knives Out.
The 007 star said: “I just had so much fun on the first one and we got the chance to do it again, it was a no-brainer. Those wonderful, wonderful people played very small parts but really meaningful parts in our film, I couldn’t be prouder that it happened.”
Craig and Johnson also revealed that the detective, Blanc, is gay. In Glass Onion he was shown off living with a man (played by Hugh Grant).
Johnson confirmed: “Yes, he obviously is [gay].”
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery hits cinemas on November 25, 2022.
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