The knives are out and so is Benoit Blanc.
The dashing detective played by Daniel Craig in Knives Out and the upcoming sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, has been confirmed queer by the films' director, Rian Johnson.
At the London Film Festival this past weekend, when was asked about a scene in Glass Onion where it appears that Benoit has a male live-in lover, and if that makes Benoit queer, Johnson replied: "Yes, he obviously is."
The actor who plays the detective's lover is still a mystery, but Johnson teased: "There's nobody in the world I can imagine in bringing me more joy for Benoit Blanc to be with."
Even Craig added: "No spoilers [but] who wouldn't want to live with that person?"
Like its predecessor, Glass Onion is a star-studded whodunnit, with this installment's cast including Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and Dave Bautista. Ethan Hawke is listed as part of the cast, but his role is currently uncredited — which could be another clue to solving the case of Benoit's boyfriend.
In other surprising but exciting casting news, Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury also make posthumous appearances in Glass Onion:
“They were so kind and so generous. We thought, my God, would either of them ever do it? We didn’t think they would. And both of them were so cool,” Johnson said at the London Film Festival press conference.
“For both of them, besides just the honor of having them in the movie, personally just being able to have 10 minutes with each of them to tell them what their work has meant to me was really special,” he added.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery opens in theaters on Nov. 23 for one week only, and will then hit Netflix on Dec. 23.