Josh Brolin Cast in 'Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery'

Knives Out revitalizes classic whodunits with modern twists.

by Nouman Rasool
Josh Brolin Cast in 'Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery'
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And the latest addition to the A-list ensemble cast of Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, one of 3-quel's most anticipated third entries to Rian Johnson's hit murder mystery whodunits, is Oscar nominee Josh Brolin. So, it further solidifies the franchise as one that could uniquely woo such A-list talent.

Brolin, most recently seen taking the lead in blockbuster Dune: Part Two, had not been given a specifically identified role in the Knives Out sequel until now. He is joining returning star Daniel Craig, who is reprising his role as the Southern detective Benoit Blanc, able and wise.

The ensemble cast includes Josh O'Connor, Cailee Spaeny, Andrew Scott, Kerry Washington, Jeremy Renner, Mila Kunis, and Daryl McCormack, a roster that is becoming a staple for the franchise.

Reviving Mystery Classics

The franchise has spun a new golden age for the murder mystery genre, with a spotlight on the elaborate investigations of Craig's Detective Blanc.

The first film from 2019 was an international hit, grossing over $310 million worldwide and scoring an Oscar nomination for its sharp screenplay. The second, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, picked up in 2022 when Netflix scooped the rights to produce another two for an eye-popping $450 million.

Rian Johnson directed and wrote the script for "Wake Up Dead Man." He and his partner Ram Bergman produce the movie under their T-Street banner. The duo's collaboration has consistently delivered critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects.

Meanwhile, Brolin continues to have a banner year. After his widely praised performance in "Dune: Part Two," which grossed over $711 million globally, he is set to star in the second season of Prime Video's "Outer Range." His following two features are action comedy "Brothers" and horror-thriller "Weapons," both of which have enormous potential upon their premieres.

This casting also broke through in its first mention in The Hollywood Reporter, adding to the continued excitement in the saga of Detective Benoit Blanc and the mysteries he solves. As production continues on the awaited "Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery," audiences wait with bated breath to see what uniquely crafted twist Brolin might bring to this beloved cinematic puzzle.