The 1996 disaster film Twister, stormed the box office, taking in nearly $500 million, the story follows storm chasers led by Jo (Helen Hunt) and Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) as they pursue tornadoes across the Midwest. It’s surprising that it’s taken nearly thirty years to get a sequel, but Twisters will arrive this summer, starring Glen Powell as a ‘tornado wrangler’ and Daisy Edgar-Jones as a scientist.
Although not a direct sequel, it’s described as “a current-day chapter” starring an entirely new cast. However, it’s not clear if any of the cast from the 1996 film will make a cameo appearance.
Daisy Edgar-Jones plays scientist Kate Cooper, a former storm chaser who now studies storms from a lab in New York after experiencing a tragic encounter with a twister. She is coaxed back into the field by her friend and colleague Javi (Anthony Ramos), who has developed a groundbreaking tracking system that needs to be tested.
While in the field, they encounter Tyler Owens, a social media star and storm chaser played by Glen Powell, who is everywhere at the moment he’s currently enjoying a string of hits. While on the road, the chasers encounter a phenomena never seen before as multiple storm systems converge over central Oklahoma.
Actor Daryl McCormack, who co-stars alongside Powell and Edgar-Jones, spoke about how he was “absolutely terrified” of the original film when he saw it at a young age. He also expressed how the film’s director, Lee Isaac Chung, is a good fit. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said:
“When I heard that they were doing a remake, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, that’s a lot of pressure on this because the first one did so well.’ But I think Lee Isaac Chung is such an interesting choice because he’s a really sensitive director. I don’t see how he can make a film like this and not make it feel intimate, so that’s what I’m excited about.”
Alongside Edgar-Jones, Powell & McCormack the film also stars, Kiernan Shipka, David Corenswet, Sasha Lane, Maura Tierney, Katy O’Brian, Brandon Perea, Harry Hadden-Paton, Nik Dodani and Tunde Adebimpe.
Twisters will be in cinemas July 19.