Is Missing a Sequel to Searching?

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Storm Reid as June Allen in Missing
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It's always a treat to watch a film that manages to innovate its storytelling. And this is largely what lead to the success of Searching, a 2018 mystery thriller film that made use of technology to create the entire movie.

The movie, which stars John Cho, came up with the idea of shooting the entire story on somebody's computer screen. This same idea was used in other horror films like Unfriended and Unfriended: Dark Web. And with its success, Searching is back with an entirely new sequel entitled Missing.

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Here's what we know about Missing.

When Is Missing Coming Out?

Nia Long as Grace Allen, Storm Reid as June Allen in Missing
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Following the footsteps of the first film, Missing is a movie that almost entirely takes place on a computer or a smartphone. Thankfully, it won't be too long before Missing comes out exclusively in theaters.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has set the film's release date for Friday, January 20, 2023. Hopefully, the film will also be released in streaming platforms shortly after its theatrical release.

What Is Missing Story About?

Storm Reid as June Allen, Daniel Henney as Agent Elijah Park in Missing
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Originally titled Searching 2, Missing was created by Aneesh Chaganty as a sequel that includes a new batch of characters different from the first film. While Searching followed the story of a father who started looking for his daughter, Missing turns the tables around.

The official synopsis for Missing reads:

From the minds behind Searching comes Missing, a thrilling roller-coaster mystery that makes you wonder how well you know those closest to you. When her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s (Storm Reid) search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her before it’s too late. But as she digs deeper, her digital sleuthing raises more questions than answers...and when June unravels secrets about her mom, she discovers that she never really knew her at all.

Unlike the first film, Chaganty is only credited as a scriptwriter and producer for Missing. The film is now co-directed by Searching's editors, Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick.

Will John Cho Be Back in Missing?

Storm Reid as June Allen in Missing
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As mentioned, Missing is an entirely new film despite it being a sequel of Searching. And this means that John Cho or any of the previous cast members won't be back to reprise their roles in the franchise.

Missing will introduce a new batch of characters such as:

  • Storm Reid (as June Allen)
  • Nia Long (as Grace Allen)
  • Megan Suri (as Veena)
  • Ken Leung (as Kevin Lin)
  • Daniel Henney (as Agent Elijah Park)
  • Amy Landecker (as Heather)
  • Joaquim de Almeida (as Javier Ramos)
  • Tim Griffin (as James)

Is There a Trailer for Missing Online?

Daniel Henney as Agent Elijah Park in Missing
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Yes, Sony Pictures Entertainment released the first trailer for Missing on YouTube in November 2022.

The trailer follows June as she talks to her mother via FaceTime about her plans to go to Columbia with her new boyfriend. When she's about to pick up her mom and her boyfriend at the airport, neither are nowhere to be found. She then seeks the help of the authorities while trying to look for clues for herself. This leads her to a host of new discoveries that make it more than just a missing person case.

You can watch the trailer here:


Missing is coming out to theaters on January 20, 2023.


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