Glass Onion: Rian Johnson Decided Who Was The Killer Early On

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery director and writer Rian Johnson knew who was at the center of the very stupid puzzle early on in the writing process.

When it comes to a good mystery, figuring out who did the cthat'ss an essential part of writing because it will change how the rest of the story evolves and how the other characters react. It's about who is a suspect and who isn't, what is a red herring and what isn't, there is so much going on that you need to know who is involved before you get going or none of it is going to make sense. There is nothing more frustrating with a mystery than getting the answerthere'salizing it didn't make any sense. For Glasswe'ven writer and director Rian Johnson, he knew who the villain was very early on in the process and that is evident right at the beginning of the film with the puzzle boxes that everyone gets. Johnson spoke to Empire (via Collider) about when he figured that Miles was the better of the puzzle and how obvious he was going to make it intentionally because of how stupid our villain was.

It was very, very early," Johnson explained. "It was always the idea behind it; that's where I came up with the notion of the glass onion. I wanted a big, dumb, obvious lie, and it being made possible by the complicity of people who had a vested interest in that lie – and how big and obvious can you make it under the guise of someone trying to play 3D chess with you? That, more than anything, is what the movie is about, so we need a character like Miles. The movie is Miles'ry movie; there's a lot of howling at the stupidity of what we've gone through in recent years with public figures, so we needed a larger-than-life central figure. If anything, I feel like Miles is underplayed compared to real life.

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022). (L-R) Kathryn Hahn as Claire, Madelyn Cline as Whiskey, Edward Norton as Miles, Leslie Odom Jr. as Lionel, and Kate Hudson as Birdie. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix © 2022.

Then "so stupid it's not brilliant, it's just stupid" thing is the focus of the final reveals of the film and, even though Miles wasn't undone by the justice system, it was his own hubris and his own stupidity [the failsafe on the Mona Lisa] that lead to his downfall. It's amusing to go back and rewatch Glass Onion to see all of the obvious hints that Miles is not to so secretly a complete idiot and we're watching everyone slowly come to that realization.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery: Summary, Cast, Release Date

Benoit Blanc returns to peel back the layers in a new Rian Johnson whodunit. This fresh adventure finds the intrepid detective at a lavish private estate on a Greek island, but how and why he comes to be there is only the first of many puzzles. Blanc soon meets a distinctly disparate group of friends gathering at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron for their yearly reunion. Among those on the guest list are Miles' former business partner Andi Brand, current Connecticut governor Claire Debella, cutting-edge scientist Lionel Toussaint, fashion designer, and former model Birdie Jay and her conscientious assistant Peg, and influencer Duke Cody and his sidekick girlfriend Whiskey. As in all the best murder mysteries, each character harbors their own secrets, lies, and motivations. When someone turns up dead, everyone is a suspect. Returning to the franchise he began, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rian Johnson writes and directs Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and assembles another all-star cast that includes a returning Daniel Craig alongside Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. It played in theaters from November 23rd to 29th and streamed to Netflix on December 23rd.

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Kaitlyn is the Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. She loves movies, television, and comics. She's a member of the UFCA and the GALECA. Feminist. Writer. Nerd. Follow her on Twitter @katiesmovies and @safaiagem on Instagram.
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