She joins Daniel Craig in the whodunit movie in an as-yet-to-be revealed role.
As an artist and creative, Janelle Monáe's leap onto the big screen has been an interesting journey for her and audiences alike. After roles in films like Moonlight, Harriet, and Antebellum, Monáe is the latest addition to the ensemble cast of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out sequel for Netflix.
The wildly successful and popular whodunit movie stars Daniel Craig, who will reprise his role as Detective Benoit Blanc, while Ed Norton and Dave Bautista are also set to appear in the new installment. With Netflix and the Electric Lady both mum on the details of the casting, it is interesting to note just how audiences will be viewing this picture when it drops.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that in March, Netflix bought the full-on rights to Knives Out 2 and Knives Out 3 for a whopping $368 million. The original picture, with LaKeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, and the late Christopher Plummer, earned more than $300 million on a $40 million production budget. It also garnered an Oscar nomination in 2019 for Best Original Screenplay.
As expected, details surrounding the new project are being kept under wraps, including whether or not any of the original film’s cast will join Craig for the new mystery, which is planning to start production in Greece this summer. Monáe, an eight-time Grammy nominee, put Hollywood on notice with breakthrough performances in the aforementioned Moonlight, which won the best picture Oscar, and 2016’s Hidden Figures. Since then she has shined, especially in lead roles, such as with the second season of Amazon's The Glorias and last year’s thriller Antebellum.
In addition to her onscreen effort, Monáe is also the CEO of the Wondaland Arts Society, a multimedia company, which includes the Wondaland Pictures production banner and Wondaland Records label.