Josh Brolin Joins ‘Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery’

Rian Johnson’s Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery has another splashy addition to its cast in Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Dune: Part Two), Deadline can confirm.

No word on the role he’ll be playing in the threequel from writer-director Rian Johnson. Daniel Craig will return to reprise his role as famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc, with Josh O’Connor, Cailee Spaeny, Andrew Scott, Kerry Washington, Jeremy Renner, Mila Kunis and Daryl McCormack also set to star, as previously announced.

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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.

Reprising earlier this year as Gurney Halleck in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two, which drew rave reviews and cleaned up at the box office with over $711 million worldwide, Brolin can also currently be seen in the second season of Prime Video’s Outer Range, which premiered last month. Next up, he’ll be seen in the action comedy Brothers, acquired by Amazon MGM Studios, as well as New Line’s anticipated horror thriller Weapons from Barbarian‘s Zach Cregger.

THR was first to the news of the actor’s Knives Out casting.

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