Dave Bautista has high hopes for Knives Out 2 as he believes the sequel is just as good, if not better than the original movie. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Knives Out was a big hit when it was released in theaters in 2019. In addition to its immense critical acclaim, the movie pulled in more than $311 million on a $40 million budget. Because of this success, Netflix shelled out more than $450 million for Johnson to develop two exclusive sequels.

Filming on Knives Out 2 began in June with Daniel Craig returning as Detective Benoit Blanc. This time, he'll be looking into another mystery with an all-new cast of characters, and as with the original, it's quite the ensemble. This includes Dave Bautista, and as far as he's concerned, the second installment is on par to be better than the first. As the actor explains in a recent interview with People:

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"I really think it's going to be as good, if not better, than the first one. I'm always afraid to say that because I don't want anybody to get offended saying that we're going to be better, but I really do think this. I think the characters are just so much more colorful. I think people are really going to dig this. The characters are just so great. They're so different. Everybody's cast so well. I was working with a couple of my castmates and was mesmerized by their performances and just how well they've adapted into these characters. I think the characters in this are even more quirky than the first one."

Rian Johnson writes, directs, and co-produces Knives Out 2 with Ram Bergman. Along with Craig and Bautista, Knives Out 2 stars Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline, and Jessica Henwick. Ethan Hawke and Jada Pinkett Smith have also been spotted on the set. According to Bautista, his casting came after a phone call with Johnson that he didn't know would lead to his involvement in Knives Out 2.

"I was obviously a fan of [Rian Johnson's] films, but I love the fact that he's directed Breaking Bad. So I really focused in on that, and I wanted to talk to him a little bit more about that," Bautista said of his casting in May, via THR. "And then after the conversation, he said, 'Well, you know, I've got this script. I'd really like you to take a look at it and read for this part.'"

He added: "So I was kind of taken aback that way because I didn't know where this was leading. I was just told, 'Hey, Rian wants to talk to you.' And I was like, 'F--king great. Rian Johnson wants to talk to me. That's amazing.' So I was just excited about the call, but as far as I knew, he wasn't calling me to talk about a film or offer me a part. It was just to have a conversation."

At this point, Netflix hasn't yet set a release date for Knives Out 2, but production is reportedly set to conclude towards the end of this month. The original movie can be found streaming on Amazon Prime. This news comes to us from People.