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Knock At The Cabin Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

When it comes to the well-known directors that make up a big-screen burger, M. Night Shyamalan is without a doubt a pickle. While his early years were met with critical acclaim, the titan of twists has had an uneven few years of late that have been met with both love and loathing. For every "The Visit," there was an "Old." With the mind-blowing "Split," there was the slightly murky "Glass." Regardless of the mixed reactions, though, the hype engine is powering up again as the small steps for his next project begin to develop.

After making life a beach for a band of aging individuals in his last film, Shyamalan may well be heading further inland with his next movie, "Knock at the Cabin." Evoking trembles of terror with the title alone, there's been barely a creak out of what's in store, but thankfully, we've followed the trail that leads up to the director's impending horror to find out what's what. Enter at your peril.

What's the release date for Knock at the Cabin?

As shrouded in obscurity Shyamalan's upcoming film may be, the one thing that's been clarified by the man himself is when we can expect it. After initially tweeting out an image of the script for the film in August 2021, no further details were given (as is the director's secretive modus operandi), except that the work was complete, and he'd shrunk it down to a neat 100 pages. It was only in October that the title for the project was confirmed, along with a release date for when we hope to see it.

Following suit as his previous announcement, Shyamalan took to Twitter, dropping a nine-second video revealing that "Knock at the Cabin" was down for release on February 3, 2023. Displaying only the date in question, the teaser gave absolutely nothing away, with the only bit to potentially pick apart being the color palette that showed the calendar slot in question. Wielding a cold blue tint, the style could suggest that the titular spot the film is set in may be in a chilly climate. Then again, Shyamalan might just like the color scheme and messing with our heads in a way he's so fond of.

Who is in Knock at the Cabin?

Since the film's announcement, cast members have been slowly stumbling in from the cold to "Knock at the Cabin," consisting of former stars of Shyamalan's previous work, as well as some all-new additions. The first name that was added to the call sheet was Dave Bautista, who continues to add undeniably exciting projects to his to-do list. By the sounds of things though, it seems Shyamalan sought out the part-time Guardian of the Galaxy first after the director saw his brief, but brilliant performance in "Blade Runner 2049." 

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about his upcoming collaboration, Shyamalan described how Bautista's encounter with Ryan Gosling's "Blade Runner" was what drew him to the actor. "I didn't know who he was at that time, and he stuck in my head," he explained. "So when this script came, I was like, 'There seems to be one guy who can play this giant human being and do the stillness.' So I asked Dave."

Bautista won't be the only newcomer to a Shyamalan project, though, as "Mindhunter" and "The Matrix Resurrections" star Jonathan Groff will also be taking a trip to the cabin. Joining them will be familiar faces from the director's previous work, including Rupert Grint, star of Shyamalan's Apple TV+ produced show, "Servant," and "Old" star Nikki Amuka-Bird (via Deadline). Naturally, in Shyamalan's ongoing efforts to make sure nothing gets out to fans, character details are completely off the radar, as is another crucial bit of info.

What happens in Knock at the Cabin?

Following suit with the characters we know nothing about, Shyamalan's story is still wrapped up in a top-secret status, with absolutely no plot details having been revealed. With only the title to go off, fingers are all pointing to a horrific time in the woods and one that might follow the same footpath as "Evil Dead," "Cabin Fever," or even his own early horror film, "The Village." Might Bautista be a local to the area warning the others about some unknown danger lurking around these parts? Could Shyamalan be delivering his own supernatural take on "The Hateful Eight," which sees strangers band together in the titular location? Whatever it is, there's a good chance not everyone is going to make it out of the cabin alive.

Then again, this is M. Night Shyamalan we're talking about. We could be totally off the mark. This could be anything from an office trip to the great outdoors, or maybe even a heartwarming story about a home being renovated. Now wouldn't that be a real twist?