Craig had to work with an accent coach to recapture the magic.
Daniel Craig’s southern accent when he returns as detective Benoit Blanc may sound a bit different in the sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Partly because Craig worked on a more “grounded” Southern accent for the role, but also because he forgot how to do the accent from the first movie.
“I’d forgotten the accent, and I didn’t want to do a pastiche,” Craig tells Empire Magazine in a recent interview. So, to prepare for the role again, Craig says he worked with an accent coach for about four months before the Knives Out sequel started filming.
“I wanted to make it as grounded and as anchored in reality as possible,” Craig continued.
Craig’s southern-fried accent in Knives Out hit the right balance between comical and restrained, but it sounds like his accent for the sequel will be more grounded and realistic.
Though it’s funny Craig forgot the accent seeing as though he also sported a southern accent in Steven Soderbergh’s southern heist Logan Lucky.
Like the detective heroes of the past, Glass Onion will see detective Benoit Blanc return for a whole new mystery with a new cast. Set on a private Greek island, Blanc will have to solve a new murder among a new cast of suspects.
They’ll include Edward Norton as a tech billionaire, Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr, Jessica Henwick, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.
Glass Onion will premiere on Netflix after the streamer bought the rights to two Knives Out sequels for $450 million. Meaning once Glass Onion wraps up, Craig will be back for a third Benoit Blanc mystery, though he’ll hopefully remember the accent the third time around.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.