Daryl McCormack Boards ‘Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery’

Daryl McCormack (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) has joined the cast of Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, the third film in the Knives Out franchise from writer-director Rian Johnson, Deadline has confirmed.

No word on the role he’ll be playing in the threequel, which has Daniel Craig returning to reprise his role as famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc. As previously announced, others in the cast this time around include Josh O’Connor, Cailee Spaeny, Andrew Scott, Kerry Washington, Jeremy Renner and Mila Kunis.

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A contemporary revival of the murder mystery genre, the Knives Out franchise centers on the investigations of Craig’s character, Blanc. The series of launched with Johnson’s 2019 whodunit of the same name, starring Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer and more, which grossed over $310 million worldwide. Following the popularity of the first film, which landed an Oscar nomination for its screenplay, Netflix acquired the rights to produce two sequels for $450 million — the first of which, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, was released in 2022.

Johnson is directing Wake Up Dead Man from his own script, also producing alongside partner Ram Bergman for T-Street.

Best known for starring opposite Emma Thompson in the acclaimed Sundance dramedy Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, which was released through Hulu by Searchlight, McCormack is a BAFTA-nominated Irish actor otherwise best known for turns on series like The Woman in the Wall, Bad Sisters and Peaky Blinders. Up next, he’ll be seen in Paramount’s Twisters, out July 19, and the starry thriller Anniversary.

Variety was first to the news.

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