Escape Room 3: Everything you need to know

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Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Escape Room 3 hasn't been confirmed by Sony, but Escape Room: Tournament of Champions certainly sets up a third movie.

The horror sequel brings back the first movie's two survivors Zoey (Taylor Russell) and Ben (Logan Miller) as they unwittingly find themselves back in the world's deadliest escape room, and this time they're joined by survivors of previous Minos escape rooms.

In the first movie, they were all in the escape room as they were the sole survivors of disasters, but what's the angle this time and why has Minos brought together previous champions?

To explain all and how it all sets up a potential Escape Room 3, we have to go into some major spoilers for Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, so look away now if you haven't seen the movie yet.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Escape Room 2 ending explained: How does it set up Escape Room 3?

At the end of the first movie, it looked like Minos were setting up Zoey and Ben for a plane-based escape room, but they avoid it by traveling to Minos' headquarters in New York City by driving there.

They don't escape the clutches of Minos for long though as they're soon trapped on an electrified subway train car with Rachel (Holland Roden), Brianna (Indya Moore), Nathan (Thomas Cocquerel) and Theo (Carlito Olivero).

Poor Theo doesn't survive this first game, but the rest head into a bank room filled with lasers which they all survive, before heading to a beach for a nice rest – not. It's covered in quicksand and the room sees two of the group succumb: Nathan and Ben.

During these rooms, Zoey keeps seeing references to somebody called Sonya, but of course, there's another room which is a city that's being hit with acid rain (naturally). Just as they think they've solved the puzzle, Rachel and Brianna are killed by the acid rain and Zoey finds herself falling into a child's bedroom.

It's revealed that the games have been based on a day out that Sonya had with her mother, who turns out to be none other than Amanda (Deborah Ann Woll) from the first movie. She never actually died from her fall and was forced by Minos to create these new escape rooms as they had abducted Sonya.

Photo credit: David Bloomer - Sony Pictures
Photo credit: David Bloomer - Sony Pictures

You know who also isn't dead? Ben. He's also in the room in a trap that starts filling up with water as a way to pressure Zoey into agreeing to work for Minos as their new game maker. This whole tournament of champions was to find the best of the best, in order to create more despicable games that can't be beaten.

Sucks to be Minos though as Zoey and Amanda team up to free Ben, before they all break out of the room and, understandably, head to the police. The news of what Minos has been doing is revealed to the world, although it's not clear if Amanda gets her daughter back as we don't see her again.

Zoey and Ben decide to take a plane home, but Zoey's suspicions about whether it's really over are confirmed as the plane starts filling with gas. Yep, it's another escape room and it's basically the same ending as the first movie, just with Zoey and Ben actually on the plane this time.

The third movie, if it happens, would likely pick up from this cliffhanger before Zoey and Ben are thrown into more deadly escape rooms, or maybe Zoey will agree to work for Minos to save Ben and work against them from within.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Director Adam Robitel told EW that they have a "treasure trove of ideas" for the third movie, but understandably, it's going to be down to whether the sequel is a hit.

"It's really going to be up to the fans. But, look, there's a lot of ways to skin the cat, there's a lot of different ways to continue to play with the audience's expectations. Yeah, we'd be really excited to do that," he said.

Escape Room 3 release date: When can we expect Escape Room 3?

Since it hasn't been confirmed yet, there's no official release date for Escape Room 3, but if it does get announced, we might not have too long to wait.

Originally, the sequel was going to come out in April 2020, a little over a year from the first movie's January 2019 release. This date got moved around a lot and at one point was set for January 2022 before being confirmed for July 16, 2021.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Unless it's been filmed in secret, we probably won't see the threequel in January 2022, but if it gets greenlit soon, we could see it in July 2022. A return to the January slot feels likelier though, so January 2023 seems a safe bet.

We'll update as soon as we hear anything.

Escape Room 3 cast: Who's coming back for Escape Room 3?

Taylor Russell and Logan Miller would be back as Zoey and Ben in a potential third movie and now that she's alive again, we could expect to see Deborah Ann Woll as Amanda too.

Outside of that though, it's unclear who will be back as the rest of the sequel's main cast are dead – or so we think. Given Amanda's return, you can't rule out any former escape room contestants still being alive, so anybody could return, really.

Escape Room 3 trailer: Any Escape Room 3 footage yet?

As mentioned above, it hasn't been confirmed by Sony yet, so it (probably) hasn't started filming and any footage is a long way away yet. Sorry about that.

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