Actor Glen Powell, known for his role in Top Gun: Maverick release in 2022, has landed a role in the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 hit Twister. The new film, titled Twisters, will be co-financed by Warner Bros. and produced by Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Powell is set to star alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones, best known for her performances in Normal People released in 2020 and Where the Crawdads Sing in 2022.
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, the film's script was written by Mark L. Smith. It is expected to hit theatres in the summer of 2024. Frank Marshall, who produced the original film, will also produce the new movie.
The original Twister was directed by Jan De Bont and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. It starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton and grossed over $494 million worldwide. The movie was praised for its groundbreaking special effects and was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.
In an interview with Vulture in 2020, De Bont spoke about the challenges of making the original film. "We weren't sure at the time if we could even make the movie, because of the difficulty of the effects. And it took a long time -- the hardware and the software had to be designed for the movie," he said.
Twisters will mark the first major feature film for director Lee Isaac Chung since his critically acclaimed movie Minari, which received six Oscar nominations in 2021.
Powell has had a successful year, with roles in Top Gun: Maverick and the upcoming action-comedy Hitman. He also co-produced and co-wrote the latter film with director Richard Linklater. Twisters promise to be a highly anticipated film, bringing back the excitement and thrill of the original movie for a new generation of moviegoers.
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