The first trailer for Rian Johnson's long-awaited Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is now here – and with it, our first preview of Janelle Monáe in their starring role as "Cassandra Brand" is also here.
Monáe stars alongside Daniel Craig and Edward Norton in the Netflix film, which is set to premiere in select theaters before arriving on the streaming platform December 23. The film, which follows 2019’s Knives Out (and is billed as a follow-up rather than a sequel), follows detective Benoit Blanc as he travels to Greece for his latest case.
The film’s title is, of course, a reference to the Beatles song, as Johnson explained in a a Tudum interview: “I’m always fishing for something fun that Blanc can grab onto as an overwrought metaphor that he can beat to death. This is all in plain sight from the very start. So, the idea of glass came to me, something that’s clear. I’ll be very honest. I literally got out my iPhone and searched my music library with the word ‘glass.’ There’s got to be some good glass songs. I was like, ‘Oh, is it a glass fortress? Is it a glass castle? Is it a glass man?’ The first thing that came up, because I’m a huge Beatles fan, is ‘Glass Onion.’”
Also starring in the film are Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.
Monáe last appeared in the 2020 movie Antebellum as well as the second season of the Amazon series Homecoming. As for her music career, her most recent album, Dirty Computer, was released in 2018.
Watch the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery teaser trailer below.
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Article Image: A close-up of Janelle Monáe in the trailer for "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery." Only the upper half of their face is lit while the lower half is submerged in shadow. (Netflix via YouTube.)