Knives Out's Rian Johnson Confirms A Fun Benoit Blanc Easter Egg

by Jeremy Spirogis
Knives Out's Rian Johnson Confirms A Fun Benoit Blanc Easter Egg

It’s wonderful that Knives Out has been in theaters since Thanksgiving and this previous weekend was nonetheless the seventh greatest film on the field workplace, beating newer titles like Uncut Gems, Bombshell and Cats. Clearly, there’s nonetheless loads of curiosity in Rian Johnson’s film, which stars Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc. Now, the director has shared a enjoyable Easter egg associated to his fictional detective.

If you noticed Knives Out, it is best to know there’s a scene within the movie when Benoit Blanc is being launched to the Thrombey household the place it’s referenced that he famously solved a case prior involving a tennis champ. In Knives Out we by no means get extra element than that, however Rian Johnson has revealed that backstory pays homage to the 1972 film Sleuth. He mentioned:

If you might be unfamiliar with Sleuth, the Easter egg in query is concerning the 1972 film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. In it, Olivier performs a thriller fiction author, just like Harlen Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) in Knives Out. Benoit Blanc’s character was imagined to nod to the film to a point as effectively, in response to what he mentioned throughout this EW rountable.

This isn’t the one time Rian Johnson tried to nod at Sleuth, as he famous that Benoit Blanc is an enormous lover of Stephen Sondheim, who can also be an enormous lover of mysteries and who Laurence Olivier was imagined to be emulating in Sleuth. That’s some critical 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon stuff proper there, however it’s how Rian Johnson’s works. He additionally advised the LA Times.

Knives Out is stuffed with different references to the thriller style, and he’s talked a bit about how the film has been influenced by Agatha Christie and extra to a point, though he apparently did not watch whodunits whereas placing collectively his movie. The Sleuth Easter egg isn’t one which’s essentially simply noticed, though it does assist to flesh out Benoit Blanc’s backstory a bit extra.

Ultimately, individuals are taken with Daniel Craig’s model of Benoit Blanc and in a couple of years the likes of Rian Johnson and Kenneth Branagh (who introduced Hercule Poirot again to the large display not too long ago) could also be credited with a resurgence of mysteries again on the large display. At least I, as a famous thriller lover, can hope for this.

We’ll undoubtedly at the least be getting extra from Benoit Blanc. Following the Golden Globe Awards, Rian Johnson confirmed he was engaged on a sequel to Knives Out. We’ll hold you up to date as that film comes collectively, however for now you may see what’s hitting theaters sooner with our full 2020 schedule.

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