Josh O'Connor and Cailee Spaeny Cast in 'Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery'

O'Connor, Spaeny set for new Benoit Blanc mystery.

by Nouman Rasool
Josh O'Connor and Cailee Spaeny Cast in 'Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery'
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh O'Connor and Cailee Spaeny are finalizing deals for a project in one of the most anticipated sequels in the Daniel Craig calendar: "Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery." He will once again take on the role of the clever detective Benoit Blanc.

A sequel was announced in a X, formerly known as Twitter, posting—Johnson unveiled a 45-second teaser that revealed not only the return of Craig but the mysterious name of the film. Not long after, Netflix rubber-stamped it on their own Tudum site, stoking fan fervor.

New Whodunnit Unveiled

"Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery" will bring to audiences a fresh mystery to unravel in an undisclosed location, with a cast of characters as suspects. The latest one is meant to pick up from the last two Josh Johnson's hits, "Knives Out" and "Glass Onion," all exploring the ever-pliable and superior genre of whodunnits.

Johnson shared the enthusiasm for the genre with X, listing a wide tonal range and creative freedom from the works of John Dickson Carr to Agatha Christie. The film itself will be out on Netflix sometime early next year; as of now, production is to begin imminently.

This sequel not only marks a continuation of Benoit Blanc's adventures but also showcases significant roles for both O'Connor and Spaeny. O'Connor, recognized for his recent performance in the tennis drama "Challengers," and Spaeny, who starred in A24’s "Civil War" and the upcoming "Alien: Romulus," bring their own unique talents to the ensemble, adding depth and intrigue to the narrative.

Represented by leading agencies such as CAA, Independent Talent Group, Johnson Shapiro, WME, Sugar 23, and Hansen Jacobson, both actors are poised to make a significant impact in their roles in this highly anticipated mystery.

As fans of the series await further details, the excitement builds for what promises to be another captivating installment in the Benoit Blanc saga.