Paul Giamatti is eagerly eyeing a role in the upcoming Knives Out 3, directed and written by Rian Johnson. In a conversation with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Giamatti expressed his fondness for the revival of classic murder mystery genres, particularly inspired by Agatha Christie’s works. Enthusiastically, he spoke about his desire to immerse himself in the world of a murder mystery movie, pinpointing Knives Out 3 as the perfect opportunity.
“There’s been this really great revival of the kind of like specifically Agatha Christie, but the kind of like drawing room murder stuff,” he remarked. “I love stuff like that and I think that it’s great that people are making stuff like that again – like Knives Out and all the Agatha Christie stuff. And I feel like the kids these days are digging that stuff. [Laughs] … Knives Out 3… I would like to do something like that. It would be fun to play a detective like that – or just somebody in that movie. That kind of world I love, that whole thing.”
The anticipation for Knives Out 3 is palpable as Rian Johnson, the mastermind behind the previous installments, is actively working on the script. The first Knives Out, released in November 2019, featured Daniel Craig as the charismatic private detective Benoit Blanc, with a star-studded ensemble cast including Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, and LaKeith Stanfield.
Craig reprised his role in the 2022 sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, alongside Janelle Monáe, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and Kate Hudson. With Johnson officially confirming the development of another Knives Out installment in September 2022, fans eagerly await the revelation of the cast for the upcoming movie. Johnson, having faced delays due to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike in May 2023, shared updates in October 2023, expressing his determination to bring the envisioned premise and setting to life.
“It’s coming along,” he assured. “I obviously couldn’t work during the strike, and now that it’s over, I’m diving in full force, and so it’s coming along. I’ve got the premise, I’ve got the setting, I’ve got what the movie is in my head. It’s just a matter of writing the damn thing.”