Rian Johnson's murder-mystery Knives Out - aka. the movie starring everyone in Hollywood - is now officially set for a Fall 2019 release date. The film is an original project that came together pretty quickly after James Bond 25 was delayed to early 2020, thus freeing up star Daniel Craig to go and make Johnson's latest movie first. Johnson has since assembled quite the impressive ensemble around his leading man, with Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Ana De Armas, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, and Katherine Langford having all joined the cast over the last few months.
Plot details are scarce to be found right now, but it's been reported that Johnson's Knives Out script follows a detective (Craig) as he investigates a murder. The story is said to be a whodunnit mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, as well as the sort of hard-boiled detective narratives that Johnson playfully homaged with his quirky directing debut on 2005's Brick. Knives Out started production back in October, so it shouldn't have any trouble making its now-confirmed November 2019 theatrical launch date.
According to Deadline, Lionsgate is joining forces with MRC to distribute Knives Out worldwide and currently has the film scheduled for a November 27, 2019 release date stateside. The means the movie will premiere a week after Disney's animated sequel Frozen 2 hits the scene and face-off directly with director Melina Matsoukas' drama Queen & Slim (which arrives two days earlier) over its opening weekend. Interestingly, Bond 25 was originally scheduled to premiere on November 8 next year - meaning, even with its delay, Craig will still have a new film playing in theaters that month.
Lionsgate and MRC released multiple statements to Deadline as part of the announcement, with Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake further teasing that "Knives Out redefines the detective movie genre in a cool and original way". Be that the case or not, Johnson certainly has a knack for subverting expectations when it comes to his original projects. Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi may've divided fans with its approach to the franchise's classic themes, but it was also one of the most ambitious blockbusters in recent memory. He put similarly unique twists on familiar genre tropes with Brick, the con artist caper Brothers Bloom, and especially the time-travel hitman thriller Looper.
Suffice it to say, there's reason to be excited for whatever Johnson has up his sleeves next with Knives Out. To be fair though, this one would probably be a must-see for its cast alone, even if someone else was calling the shots. That it's Johnson at the helm makes it one of the most anticipated releases of 2019 for cinephiles, right off the bat.