Kerry Washington, Glenn Close Join ‘Knives Out 3’ Cast

UPDATED: Kerry Washington and Glenn Close are the newest suspects in “Knives Out 3.”

They join the previously announced cast of Daniel Craig, returning as the quirky detective Benoit Blanc, and possible suspects of “Fleabag” actor Andrew Scott, “Challengers” breakout Josh O’Connor and “Priscilla” star Cailee Spaeny. “Knives Out” movies are known to employ a who’s who of Hollywood, so expect plenty of casting announcements for the whodunit in the coming weeks.

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Rian Johnson is writing and directing the third “Knives Out” installment, titled “Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery.” He’s also producing with his T-Street partner Ram Bergman, who worked on the first two films. “Wake Up Dead Man” is expected to soon go into production and is slated to release in 2025. Plot details have yet to be revealed, but Johnson and Craig have teased that it is Blanc’s “most dangerous case yet.”

Lionsgate released the 2019 murder mystery “Knives Out,” which grossed $312 million against a $40 million budget. Netflix then bought the rights to the murder mystery series for more than $450 million and debuted the sequel, “Glass Onion,” in 2022. The follow-up film marked the first Netflix movie to play in the country’s three biggest chains — AMC Theaters, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark — and generated an estimated $15 million during its week-long run. The jury is still out Netflix’s release plans for the third entry.

Washington is best known for portraying Olivia Pope in the ABC drama “Scandal.” Her other major credits include Hulu’s miniseries “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Ray,” “Save the Last Dance” and “Django Unchained.”

Close is the Oscar-nominated star of “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” “The Natural,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Dangerous Liaisons.” She most recently starred in Ron Howard’s “Hillbilly Elegy” for Netflix.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news of Washington’s casting; The Hollywood Reporter first announced Close’s casting.

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