Twisters: release date, trailer, cast and everything we know about the Glen Powell disaster movie

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Almost 30 years ago, Twister stormed into theaters and became a hit (and a movie trivia answer when it was the first movie made into a DVD). Now Twisters looks to do the same as a summer entry to the 2024 new movie slate, but don't call it a reboot, or a sequel, for that matter.

That's what Twisters star Glen Powell had to say shortly after wrapping the movie in an interview with Vogue. "We're not trying to recreate the story from the first one," Powell said. "It's a completely original story. There are no characters from the original movie back, so it's not really a continuation. It's just its own standalone story in the modern day."

What can we expect from this new original take on the disaster movie? Read on to get all we know about Twisters right now.

Twisters release date

Twisters has a July 19 release date, putting it squarely in the middle of the summer blockbuster season.

It joins a lineup of summer movies that include The Fall Guy, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, IF, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, A Quiet Place: Day One, Deadpool 3 and more.

Twisters cast

As mentioned above, Glen Powell is starring in Twisters. Powell has become a star thanks to roles in recent movies like Top Gun: Maverick, Devotion and Anyone But You. Twisters isn't his only movie coming out this summer, as he also stars in Hit Man, which is set to premiere on Netflix in June.

There are a number of other notable actors set for the Twisters cast. They include: 

Twisters plot

With a script written by Mark L. Smith, here is the official synopsis for Twisters:

"[Daisy] Edgar-Jones stars as Kate Cooper, a former storm chaser haunted by a devastating encounter with a tornado during her college years who now studies storm patterns on screens safely in New York City. She is lured back to the open plains by her friend, Javi (Golden Globe nominee Anthony Ramos, In the Heights) to test a groundbreaking new tracking system. There, she crosses paths with Tyler Owens (Powell), the charming and reckless social-media superstar who thrives on posting his storm-chasing adventures with his raucous crew, the more dangerous the better.

"As storm season intensifies, terrifying phenomena never seen before are unleashed, and Kate, Tyler and their competing teams find themselves squarely in the paths of multiple storm systems converging over central Oklahoma in the fight of their lives."

Twisters trailer

One of the Super Bowl trailers that aired during the big game on Sunday, February 11, here is the first trailer for Twisters.

Lee Isaac Chung movies

Lee Isaac Chung is the director of Twisters. On the surface the blockbuster seems quite a bit different than the movie that brought him to prominence and earned him an Oscar nomination, Minari, but he is familiar with big budget properties, as his most recent credit was directing an episode of The Mandalorian season 3.

If you're curious, here is a complete look at the feature movies that Lee Isaac Chung has directed in his career:

  • Munyurangabo (2007)
  • Lucky Life (2010)
  • Abigail Harm (2012)
  • I Have Seen My Last Born (2015)
  • Minari (2020)

Twisters poster

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Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.