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Janelle Monáe Joins Cast of 'Knives Out' Sequel for Netflix

Janelle Monae

She joins the already announced Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, and Edward Norton.

Knives Out 2 is one of the most buzzed about sequels in Hollywood and it just got a little queerer.

Singer and actor Janelle Monae confirmed that she has joined the cast for the upcoming ensemble murder mystery film by Rian Johnson. The 35-year-old retweeted a story from The Hollywood Reporter about the news and added four knife emojis, showing their excitement for the project.

Knives Out was a critical and commercial success when it came out in 2019. With a large cast of eccentric and colorful characters and a sharp script, the movie became one of the most talked-about of the year. It was nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Actor and Best Actress for Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas, and Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Johnson was also nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay.

Back in March, it was announced that Netflix had paid $400 million for the rights to the next two sequels of the movie. Johnson will write and direct, and is producing alongside his partner Ram Bergman.

Monae is joining the already announced Daniel Craig, who will be returning to the role of Detective Benoit Blanc, and two new cast members. Earlier this week, it was announced that Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista and three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton are also joining the cast as newcomers.

The original also featured an all-star cast that included Oscar nominees like LaKeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, and Michael Shannon, Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, as well as other A-listers like Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ana de Armas. So we can be sure that other big names will be joining the sequel as well. Who would you like to see cast opposite Monae? Maybe we can get her and Tessa Thompson in a movie together?

Monae had a big 2020. In January of last year, they tweeted that they are nonbinary , and they were later one of the Out100 Cover Stars . They also beefed up their acting resume, appearing in the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet , starring in the horror film Antebellum , and starring in the second season of the series Homecoming as a queer military veteran. She also appeared in The Glorias , a biopic of activist Gloria Steinem.

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