Daisy Edgar-Jones, best known for her role in the British miniseries Normal People, is reportedly in talks to star in Twisters, the next reinvention of Twister, the 1996 Universal/Amblin action film starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. The film, which will not be a direct sequel to the original blockbuster, will be directed by Minari’s Lee Isaac Chung from a screenplay by The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the casting news, “Edgar-Jones will star in the project as a former storm chaser who, after surviving a disastrous encounter with a tornado, now works a of the office. However, she will soon be forced, as you understand, to step out into the breach again. There aren’t many more parts yet, but the film is expected to go into production this spring, so more announcements are likely to come soon.
Edgar-Jones is the second Normal People star to snag a major film franchise in recent months, following Paul Mescal, who will star in the upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. She the actress is currently filming the film adaptation of On Swift Horses directed by Daniel Minihan, where she will play alongside the star of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 Will Poulter.
Frank Marshall, known for the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises, will produce through his company, the Kennedy/Marshall Company.
The original Twister was co-written by Michael Crichton and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, who is married to Marshall. Directed by Jan de Bont, who had exploded with her work on the Keanu Reeves/Sandra Bullock action vehicle (no pun intended) Speed two years earlier. Twister was a spectacular blockbuster that heralded many new cinematic trends, including CGI post-production (courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic), and a global gross of $494.5 million, making it the second highest-grossing film of 1996.
“I read it a month or two ago. I said, ‘Wow. Now will they do the F5? I bet you do,” de Bont said in a recent interview. “You can’t do it by enlarging the film. This as a film almost never works. You have to find… people who are really involved. You can’t just… say, “I’m going to work the destruction scene.” We are about to get worse and entire cities will be destroyed. This is exactly like falling into the trap of having the special effects take over completely.”
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