Can we have a bit of ‘hush’ please? There’s a touch of Marvel magic coming to John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place sequel. MCU star Djimon Hounsou has joined the harrowing horror. As a surprise hit of 2018, the post-apocalyptic thriller starred husband and wife team Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
As Krasinski’s directorial debut, A Quiet Place blew critics away. The silent shocker won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Blunt and was nominated for Best Sound Editing at the 91st Academy Awards. While the ending seemed pretty definitive, the whole gang is back together for A Quiet Place: Part II.
According to Deadline, Hounsou has boarded the all-star sequel. Known for his role as Korath the Pursuer in the MCU, Hounsou appeared in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and last year’s Captain Marvel. Hounsou has also starred in comic book movies like Aquaman and Shazam!.
The 55-year-old replaces Widows star Brian Tyree Henry in a starring role. Henry was supposed to be part of A Quiet Place: Part II, but has reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
Hounsou isn’t exactly the Chris Evans of the MCU, but he’s still a pretty big name and is literally everywhere right now. As well as reprising his role as Korath for Marvel’s What If…? Disney+ series, he’s heading to our screens for Kingsman sequel, The King’s Man.
Elsewhere, Blunt is back as Evelyn Abbott alongside Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds (Evelyn’s children). Cillian Murphy is fresh off his Peaky Blinders fame in a mysterious role.
While there were rumours Krasinski could return as Lee Abbott, his character’s heroic sacrifice at the end of the first movie makes it unclear how this will work.
Last month, Krasinski celebrated the start of filming but (typically) gave nothing away.
It was first reported that A Quiet Place: Part II wouldn’t serve as a direct sequel — instead focussing on a different group. The inclusion of the Abbott family suggests there will at least be some continuation of the first movie.
A Quiet Place secured an impressive $340.9 million at the box office. Krasinski’s movie also set the ball rolling for the success of movies like Bird Box and The Silence.
Personally, I’m still a little miffed Krasinski hasn’t called it A Quieter Place. A Quiet Place: Part II will hit cinemas on March 20, 2020.
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