Glen Powell Joins Daisy Edgar-Jones in ‘Twister’ Movie
Top Gun: Maverick breakout star Glen Powell will join Daisy Edgar-Jones in Universal and Amblim’s Twister movie.
Minari helmer Lee Isaac Chung will direct from a script by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant).
Frank Marshall is producing via his banner Kennedy/Marshall Company. Marshall’s wife, current Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, was a lead producer on the original.
Twister starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as romantically estranged storm chasers facing rival storm chasers, a host of tornadoes and their feelings for each other. Jan de Bont directed the original, which grossed almost $500 million worldwide and featured ear-vibrating, floor-shaking THX sound design. Steven Spielberg was an exec producer, and author Michael Crichton wrote the screenplay.
The new story is not a sequel, nor is it expected to bring back old characters. The studio is describing it as a “new chapter” in the story. Edgar-Jones will star in the project as a former storm chaser who, after surviving a disastrous tornado encounter, now works a desk job. However, she will soon be forced to — you guessed it — go out into the breach once more.
Executive vp production Sara Scott and creative executive Jacqueline Garell will oversee the film for Universal Pictures. Ashley Jay Sandberg will oversee for Kennedy/Marshall. The film will be co-financed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Powell, repped by CAA and Johnson Shapiro, has been a hot studio commodity since Maverick‘s meteoric rise. He will star opposite Sydney Sweeney in a Sony rom-com and co-wrote and star in a Richard Linklater-directed action comedy. Hitman.
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