Wake Up Dead Man: cast and everything we know about Knives Out 3

Daniel Craig in Glass Onion
Daniel Craig in Glass Onion (Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

Benoit Blanc is set to take on his most dangerous case yet as Knives Outs 3, officially titled Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, is on the way. Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig are reuniting for the hit mystery franchise, which is set to debut in 2025.

Johnson, who has made his love for mystery stories in the vein of Agatha Christie and others known, has crafted a modern day version of Hercule Poirot with Craig in the character of Blanc (even as Kenneth Branagh has kept Poirot alive on the big screen with new adaptation of Christie classics) first with Knives Out and then in its sequel, Glass Onion. Both movies were fun, twisty, critical hits, which only ratchets up the excitement for the detective's next case.

Find out everything you need to know about Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery right here.

Wake Up Dead Man release date

While it has been confirmed that Wake Up Dead Man is going to premiere in 2025, the specific date is still a mystery.

The only bit of information we have on the movie's timeline came from Johnson, who on May 24 shared on social media that Wake Up Dead Man was "about to go into production."

If they stick with the strategy of the first two movies, Wake Up Dead Man could arrive around the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, which in 2025 is November 27. 

We also don't know at this time if Netflix, who is producing the movie, will plan to release Wake Up Dead Man in movie theaters like they did with Glass Onion, or if they will only make it available to watch on the streaming platform. If they want to give it a chance to be nominated for an Oscar though, like both previous movies were, then it will need a theatrical release.

If you want to watch either of the first two movies as you get ready for Wake Up Dead Man, Knives Out is available via digital on-demand platforms in the US and UK, while Glass Onion is streaming on Netflix globally.

Wake Up Dead Man cast

Daniel Craig is set to return to the role of Benoit Blanc. Aside from playing James Bond, this has become Craig's most recognizable role. Though the first look at Craig in the new movie has Blanc looking a little unrecognizable from the previous two movies:

As for who is joining him in the Wake Up Dead Man cast, only two names have been reported so far: Challengers star Josh O'Connor and Priscilla's Cailee Spaeny, as reported by The Wrap; no details were provided on their roles. Variety has added that Andrew Scott (Ripley, All of Us Strangers), Kerry Washington (Scandal, Unprisoned), Jeremy Renner (Mayor of Kingstown, The Avengers) and Dylan McCormack (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, Peaky Blinders) have also joined the cast. The Hollywood Reporter has also added that Glenn Close (The New Look, Fatal Attraction) and Josh Brolin (Outer Range, Dune: Part Two) are signed on for the movie. The Wrap has also reported that Thomas Haden Church (Twisted Metal, Spider-Man: No Way Home) is going to be part of the cast. Mila Kunis (Family Guy, Luckiest Girl Alive) has also been confirmed as joining the cast.

We'll keep this page updated with additional casting news.

Wake Up Dead Man plot

The only details regarding the plot of Wake Up Dead Man come from the teaser that Johnson shared to reveal the title, where Craig's Blanc describes the case as "my most dangerous case yet."

Wake Up Dead Man trailer

As the movie is only just getting into production, we're a long way from seeing any actual footage shared in a trailer. But you can check out the title announcement video that Johnson shared and features some Craig voice over right here:

Rian Johnson movies

The Knives Out franchise has been keeping Johnson busy in recent years, but he has many other fan-favorite movies on his resume. Here is a complete look at his filmography as a director: 

  • Brick (2005)
  • The Brothers Bloom (2008)
  • Looper (2012)
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII —The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Knives Out (2019)
  • Glass Onion (2022)

Johnson has also directed some great TV in his career, including three classic episodes of Breaking Bad and three episodes of Poker Face, for which he is also the creator. 

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.