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01st Jun 2024

Another major Irish actor has been cast in Knives Out 3

Stephen Porzio

Earlier this week, we reported on Irish actor Andrew Scott landing a role in Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery – the third movie in the Knives Out franchise – but now his fellow countryman Daryl McCormack has also joined the cast.

Variety reports that the Bad Sisters and Twisters star will be one of the newcomers to the Netflix mystery series, alongside Scott, Cailee Spaeny, Glenn Close, Jeremy Renner, Josh O’Connor, Kerry Washington and Mila Kunis.

McCormack has garnered a lot of acclaim in recent years, even being nominated for two BAFTAs in 2023 – one for Best Lead Actor for comedy drama movie Good Luck to You, Leo Grande and the other in the Rising Star category.

He and the other new cast additions in the Netflix sequel will join the returning Daniel Craig, who will be reprising his role as gentleman sleuth Benoit Blanc.

Like its predecessors Knives Out and Glass Onion, Wake Up Dead Man will be written and directed by Rian Johnson – also known for the films Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Daryl McCormack of Bad Sisters fame has been cast in Knives Out 3

And McCormack and Scott aren’t the only possible Irish connection to the sequel, as the movie appears to have taken its title from the closing track of U2’s 1997 album Pop.

This would continue a trend as Knives Out shares a title with a Radiohead song and Glass Onion is also a song by The Beatles.

The U2-related title and the casting of two Irish actors have led some to wonder if the sequel could actually be set in Ireland.

Plot details for Wake Up Dead Man are being kept under wraps, but Netflix has said the following:

“Daniel Craig is back as the suave Southern investigator in Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, a new instalment of the whodunnit franchise written and directed by Rian Johnson. Blanc will be unraveling a brand-new murder mystery in an as-yet-undisclosed setting, surrounded by a new colourful cast of suspects.”

Johnson also said about the upcoming sequel:

“I love everything about whodunnits, but one of the things I love most is how malleable the genre is. There’s a whole tonal spectrum from Carr to Christie, and getting to explore that range is one of the most exciting things about making Benoit Blanc movies.”

Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery will land on Netflix globally sometime in 2025.

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