Knives Out Cast: Every Actor In Rian Johnson's New Movie
Audiences have spent so long watching Chris Evans play good boy Captain America in the MCU that it'll be weird to see him play the (probably) morally dubious character Alex Robinson in Knives Out. With no character descriptions released, we're going to guess Alex is the son of Jamie Lee Curtis's Linda Robinson. Knives Out will be Evans' first official film role since departing from Cap duty.
Rian Johnson may be known by a select few Star Wars fans as the man who ruined the franchise with The Last Jedi – something which I disagree with as I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. He is still a remarkable filmmaker and one who is highly respected in the industry. His name regularly attracts the best talent. Don’t believe me? Well just take a look at his new movie Knives Out.
We don’t know much about the plot, other than that it is part murder mystery, part thriller with the only synopsis given describing the film as, “A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.” This sounds like something akin to an Agatha Christie novel I would imagine, but perhaps infused with a lot more humour as is Johnson’s nature.
However, it’s not the plot that has me interested in the movie, but the remarkable line-up of stars that have signed onto this film. In various roles as family members, detectives, and the murder victims, the film stars Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, LaKeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Frank Oz, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Raul Castillo, Shyrley Rodriguez, Edi Patterson and Johnson’s regular collaborator, Noah Segan. Okay, breathe. Yes, this all this remarkable acting talent is in just one movie.
Needless to say Knives Out is a film worth looking out for and it will be interesting to see how Johnson balances all this remarkable talent in one story. If you are a little unsure who all these actors are or want some more info on what roles they could end up playing in the movie, Screen Rant has a worthwhile exclusive on this remarkable cast. Knives Out is due for release on November 27th and could be a fun outing at the cinema before the big blockbusters arrive in December.
EW: Watch the first trailer for Rian Johnson's star-studded murder-mystery Knives Out
By Tim Stack July 02, 2019 at 11:00 AM EDT
Family gatherings can be murder. That’s the literal plot of Rian Johnson’s ensemble mystery Knives Out, due in theaters Nov. 27, and EW has the first trailer and official images. “The idea was to take everything I love about a great Agatha Christie story and put it into a new original story set in modern-day America,” says Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). “That’s kind of the essence of it.”
No murder mystery is complete without a dead body and Out has a doozy: Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer. The actor plays Harlan Thrombey, a Stephen King-esque author of a series of mystery novels who suspiciously perishes during a reunion with his not-so-nice extended family, including daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis), son Walt (Michael Shannon), and grandson Ransom (Chris Evans). Explains Johnson, “Harlan has built this massive empire up and he has a group of kids and their families who are all adults and who all to one degree or another live based on his success. When the family fortune is kind of in question or up for grabs, that’s when the proverbial knives come out.”
That’s also when Southern detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) enters the picture (Lakeith Stanfield and Noah Segan play local police officers also investigating Harlan’s murder). Craig rarely gets to flex his comedy muscles and Johnson says the actor really excelled, particularly with the accent. “He has a blast with it,” says the director of Craig’s twang. “It’s not cartoony. It’s not too crazy but it’s very fun.”
Knives Out also gives Evans the chance to play against type after years as America’s Ass, a.k.a. Captain America. “Chris is a terrific actor with great range, and in a change of gear from what we’ve seen him do lately he plays Harlan’s ne’er-do-well spoiled grandson,” says Johnson. “He turns on the swagger and devilish charm. It’s really fun to watch.”
Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) is Marta, Harlan’s nurse and one of the few non-Thrombey family members in the film. “She was very close to him when he died,” explains Johnson. “So she has a very central role in it. With a movie loaded up with this many high-profile movie star names, the fact that Ana really is at the center of the film in a way and holds her own against all of them, I just love her to death. So to speak.”
While Johnson’s last movie was the CGI heavy Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the starry cast of Out, which also includes Toni Collette, Don Johnson, and Katherine Langford, is the major special effect. “I guess coming into it I was a bit nervous because there’s so many obviously big names and big personalities, getting everyone together on one set,” he admits. “I’ve always been very lucky and had great experiences with all my actors. I didn’t know what to expect. The truth is, everybody just clicked and had a great time and there was a real incredibly wonderful experience to shoot, especially in the group scenes when they were all together. They were all playing off of each other and they were all just having so much fun that it was infectious. I think it comes through. We have a couple really gang buster scenes where the whole family gets to go at each other’s throats. It’s really something to see.”
With its Turkey Day-adjacent release date, Johnson thinks Out is a perfect choice for your post-meal activity. Jokes the director, “It’s nice going in and experiencing a family that’s more messed up than your own.”
See the exclusive Knives Out trailer and photos, above.