Sunday, May 26, 2024

EXCLUSIVE Daniel Craig’s Life After Bond: His “Knives Out” Character Benoit Blanc Will Get a Sequel and Maybe More


Daniel Craig is riding high as we await his final James Bond movie, “No Time to Die.” After five 007 movies, Craig literally has no time to sleep! He and Oscar winning wife Rachel Weisz were the honored guests last night in Hollywood at Lions Gate’s soiree for their Golden Globe nominees including “Bombshell” and “Knives Out.”

So I learned exclusively that “Knives Out” director Rian Johnson– who’s waiting for his marching orders on new “Star Wars” movies– has been commissioned to write a sequel of sorts to his clever, funny “Knives Out.” Johnson will pen a new story for Craig’s charming Southern detective Benoit Blanc. “It will have all new characters and a crime to solve for Benoit Blanc.”

There’s a possibility for even more Benoit Blanc movies starring Craig. That’s pretty cool for Johnson, who seems to have created a whole new franchise. In Benoit Blanc he’s given Craig an Inspector Clouseau, or Hercule Poirot that he could star in for years to come. The best part: Craig could just grow fat in the role, and never have to work out again!

Craig was a little overwhelmed by all the attention he got at the Chateau party, where Don Johnson, Charlize Theron, Alfre Woodard, director Jay Roach and Bangles rock star wife Susanna Hoffs, and tons of other stars were greeted by company president Jon Feltheimer. (Lions Gate is having a very very good year!)

But our James Bond was so suddenly in a crush of well wishers that Weisz, more stunning than ever, declared wisely: “We’re moving.” She did tell me that the couple has been reveling in raising their 18 month old daughter, Gracie, as each of their careers has soared. Rachel’s next movie is none other than “Black Widow,” the much anticipated Scarlett Johansson Marvel movie that should rock the box office.

But I urgeĀ  you to check out a Rachel Weisz movie from several years ago that has so much relevance right now: “The Whistleblower.” A sensational film that had a bad release but great reviews. And it couldn’t be more timely.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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