BFI’s London Film Festival is always firmly marked in our calendar, and this year for its 66th offering they’re going to be closing with a bang. Rian Johnson’s whodunnit murder mystery Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will receive its European Premiere at the festival’s Closing Night Gala ahead of its release in UK cinemas and later on Netflix, inspired by the golden age of crime fiction it feels only right to launch in London – Agatha Christie would be proud.
The game is afoot, the Closing Night Gala film of the BFI London Film Festival will see the return of Detective Benoit Blanc in the European premiere of #GlassOnion: A Knives Out Mystery #LFF https://t.co/Egh9YdfneP pic.twitter.com/2DGKDTkvmA
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It’s not the first time Johnson has held a prized spot at the festival, the success of his 2019 film Knives Out premiered as the festival’s American Express Gala in the same year. This second instalment in the series sees Daniel Craig reprise the role of Detective Benoit Blanc as he travels to Greece in an attempt to uncover the secrets lying within a whole new cast of questionable characters. The list of suspects is sprawling as the likes of Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr, Madelyn Cline and Kate Hudson star alongside Craig in this crime-thriller.
Johnson said of the film’s premiere: “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!”
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will premiere on Sunday 16th October at LFF, and subsequently on Netflix in late 2022.