- Ella Wu
Introducing Jessica Henwick and ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ (2022)
Tonight is the last chance to catch English actress Jessica Henwick in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (2022) in select theaters!
Known for her roles as Nymeria Sand in “Game of Thrones,” Jessika Pava in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015), and Colleen Wing in the MCU, Jessica Henwick was the first East Asian actress to lead a British television series—“Spirit Warriors,” with Benedict Wong. She can also be seen as Bugs in “The Matrix Resurrections” (2021) alongside Keanu Reeves and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Henwick is a budding filmmaker, having produced her first short “Bus Girl” (2022) this June. A follow-up short, “Sandwich Man,” is currently in post-production.
About “Glass Onion”:
Jessica Henwick plays a pleasantly understated Peg in Rian Johnson’s latest whodunit. Peg is Birdie’s (Kate Hudson) harried assistant/publicist/do-er of all things that need to be done. “Peg is at the end of her tether,” says Henwick. “She has been working for Birdie for quite some time. In my head, it’s been like 10 years. Every year she says, ‘This is the last year,’ but she just can’t seem to get herself out of that. They have this almost familial relationship at this stage. They love each other and hate each other. And poor Peg, I think she understands Birdie better than everyone and Birdie really drops her guard around her. And so Peg sees that Birdie does have a good heart and does try to help her to the best of her ability. But it’s just so tough because Birdie does not make it easy to help her.”
Set on a private Greek island, “Glass Onion” is a sunny departure from the indulgent coziness of gothic New England mansions and cream-colored knit sweaters. Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) returns with another cast of colorful characters, each with a motive for murder. Bringing his signature wit, Southern drawl, and penchant for theatrics, he must find the culprit before the death toll outdoes him, all the while looking fabulous in tailored leisure wear.
“I think [Peg’s] also probably the most ‘normal,’” Henwick adds. “This is a group of people who can say ridiculous things like, ‘Well, I was on my yacht last week,’ and Peg is the only one who knows well enough to roll her eyes at the casualness of that statement.”
Without spoiling anything, I can say that “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” is just as entertaining as its predecessor. This massively talented cast features Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, with Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.
See “Glass Onion” in select theaters November 23–29, and globally on Netflix on December 23.
All quotes and images courtesy of Netflix