Daniel Craig tells of filming new Knives Out movie in Greece during lockdown at London Film Festival | Ents & Arts News
Whodunnit’s film Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery closed this year’s London Film Festival with stars telling Sky News how pleased they were about the industry making a comeback from the pandemic.
The sequel to the 2019 hit Knives Out sees Daniel Craig reprising his role as detective Benoit Blanc.
“It was fantastic to be at the London Film Festival on closing night,” the Bond star told Sky News.
“Especially by the standards of this year’s film, it’s amazing – to be in that number is something special.”
The rest of Glass Onion’s cast, including Edward Norton, Kate Hudson and Janelle Monae are all new entrants to the franchise.
The film was partially shot in Greece during the pandemic, which means the cast has grown close as they are forced to spend time together.
“I mean, it was a great experience,” says Craig.
“We’re locked down, so we’re limited in our movement, so we can’t really go to many places.
“It’s about 150 degrees in the shade, but, you know, those are high-profile issues.”
Kate Hudson, who plays a former supermodel turned designer, told Sky News the cast has turned out to be excellent.
“It’s fun, with a lot of hard work in between, you know?” she speaks.
“But we’re a hard-working and dedicated actor, so we fit well together, we had a really good time.
“It was COVID, so it forced us to play together for three months, so we got really close and it was really fun.”
The film screened in London after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Both are live events this year, and Hudson says she’s “excited” about it.
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“It feels like we were, if you’re in the industry, like we were starved for it,” she said.
“It’s very important to celebrate cinema and all the great artists who have really worked their whole lives to be able to bring art to people through cinema.
“And so these festivals… I just love them, I love being a part of them and it’s great to have people back in theaters.”
Writer and director Rian Johnson also brought the first Knives Out to the London Film Festival three years ago.
He told Sky News that assembling the cast for the sequel wasn’t easy on paper, but it went very well.
Johnson explains: “I feel incredibly lucky that the cast has signed on to this – I mean everyone is so busy these days, it’s hard to get a bunch of people to commit together. do something,” Johnson explained.
“But if you told me when I started writing the group what we were going to get, I would be very nervous and probably wouldn’t be able to finish it.
“But I mean, everyone – the fact that we got to work with Kathryn Hahn, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monae, it’s absolutely a director’s dream, has made my job very enjoyable. easily.”
With initial reviews for the film very positive, attention has now turned to the third installment.
In 2021, Netflix paid for two Knives Out sequels in a deal reported to be worth nearly £400 million.
And Johnson says he and Craig are happy to move on – admitting that they had a lot of fun on set.
“There was a lot of giggles going on between us when we were filming, I mean, that’s the whole reason we’re here,” he said.
“That’s the real reason we keep doing these things is because the first time we had a lot of fun together and got along so well, and this time, maybe it’s fun. than.
“So we’ll see – as long as these things continue to be interesting and as long as we feel we can find a different thing to do each time to continue to surprise the audience and keep it going.” fresh, we’ll continue to do these things.”
However, UK audiences will have to wait a little longer for Glass Onion – the film doesn’t hit theaters here until November and will be available on Netflix next month.