A Quiet Place 2 – the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 horror-thriller – was originally scheduled to hit theatres in March of last year. The ongoing global pandemic, however, quickly triggered a landslide of cinema-related cancellations and postponements, decimating an industry already on its knees in the shadow of streaming giants around the world.
The film will immediately follow the events of the sleeper hit – earning US$340 million globally against a US$17 million budget – with sporadic flashbacks to the chaos that ensued during the early days of Earth’s invasion by sound-hunting aliens. Emily Blunt returns as the matriarch of the Abbott family, Evelyn Abbott, who attempts to navigate her children through a world of anarchy alone after the death of her husband, Lee (John Krasinski, who is also the franchise’s director).
In terms of fresh faces, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy, Blood Diamond) and Peaky Blinders lead Cillian Murphy have signed on to join the cast, with the latter’s character warning the world they now inhabit has been altered beyond the lack of sound and presence of aliens alone.
Interestingly enough, Paramount Pictures has been actively selling off films this past year in an effort to soften the blow – but not this one. Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 eventually made its way to Netflix, Eddie Murphy’s Coming 2 America and Michael B. Jordan’s Without Remorse was offloaded to Amazon Prime Video; clearly, they remain confident about the commercial upside of A Quiet Place 2 undertaking a conventional theatrical run.
A Quiet Place 2 will hit Australian cinemas on May 27th – watch the new trailer above and the original on Netflix right now.