Jamie Lee Curtis Joins Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery Knives Out

Jamie Lee Curtis has joined the star-studded cast of Rian Johnson's murder mystery, Knives Out. The film's cast has come together quickly since the project was formally announced back in September, with Daniel Craig being the first actor to sign on. Knives Out has added several big names to its acting roster since then, including Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You), Ana De Armas (Blade Runner 2049) and Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

Specific details for Knives Out are being kept under lock and key at the moment, but Johnson has described the project (which he's both writing and directing) as being a modern whodunit in the vein of an Agatha Christie mystery, a la Murder on the Orient Express. A setup like that calls for a talented ensemble of actors to play the film's various characters, some of whom will no doubt be more untrustworthy or unscrupulous than others. Knives Out is rapidly assembling a fittingly impressive ensemble for that very reason, with Curtis being but the latest addition.

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Variety reports that Curtis has joined the Knives Out cast in an as-yet unspecified role. Indeed, with the exception of Craig (who's playing the film's protagonist, a detective), every Knives Out actor's role is a mystery right now. That also goes for Don Johnson, who - per a report from Deadline last week - is expected to close a deal to play a supporting role in the film, once he works out his scheduling issues with HBO's currently-filming Watchmen TV series (which Johnson is costarring in).

Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween 2018

Curtis, for her part, is fresh off the success of Blumhouse and David Gordon Green's Halloween this past week. The horror icon reprised her role as a now-40 years old Laurie Strode from John Carpenter's original Halloween in Green's sequel and has earned pretty much universal rave reviews for her performance in the film. Thus, her role in Knives Out should allow Curtis to keep her current hot streak going, even before she (probably) reprises her role as Laurie yet again in the seemingly-inevitable Halloween (2018) sequel.

With production on Knives Out set to begin in November, the film will easily be ready to hit theaters by the last quarter of 2019 (if not sooner). There's already been some rumor-mongering that Blumhouse wants to get the next Halloween movie up and running in time to make an October 2019 release date - meaning, it's possible Curtis will have a pair of new films playing in theaters around this time next year. If not, her role in Johnson's intriguing whodunit project will be more than sufficient on its own.

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We will bring you more details on Knives Out as they become available.

Source: Variety, Deadline

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