The 66th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, have announced that this year’s closing night gala will be Rian Johnson’s highly anticipated Knives Out sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
Following on from the events of the 2018 original, we follow Detective Benoit Blanc as he travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colourful suspects.
Writer, director, and producer, Rian Johnson, released a statement saying:
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!
BFI London Film Festival director, Tricia Tuttle, also released a statement saying:
Rian Johnson’s Knives Out was a major hit when we hosted the European premiere at the festival in 2019. Our audiences adored the film’s wit and that it tipped its very stylish hat to the wonderful tradition of British on-screen sleuths. And here, Rian Johnson strikes gold again with the help of the year’s hottest ensemble cast. Like its predecessor, Glass Onion is entertaining and culturally literate in equal measure, making some hilarious, razor sharp observations about the world we live in. The European premiere of the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will bring the house down as the closing gala of the 66th BFI London Film Festival!
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, starring Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr, Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline and Jessica Henwick, will have its European premiere on Sunday 16th October at the Southbank Centre in the Royal Festival Hall, with a good number of the cast set to be in attendance. There will also be simultaneous preview screenings of the film taking place at additional cinemas across the UK, before being released cinematically and becoming available on Netflix in late 2022.