According to Deadline, Emmy nominee Anthony Ramos has been tapped to join Universal Pictures’ long-in-development Twisters movie, which serves as a second installment to 1996’s disaster movie Twister. Tea hamilton alum will be joining previously announced cast members Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People, Where the Crawdads Sing) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick).
Besides the upcoming Twister sequel, Anthony Ramos will also next be seen in two high-profile projects, including the upcoming Transformers: Rise of the Beasts movie and Marvel Studios’ iron heart series, which are both expected to start this year.
Twisters is being directed by minari filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung, who recently helmed an episode of The Mandalorian Season 3. The project is reportedly not being developed as a direct sequel to the 1996 film, but is rather being described as a “new chapter” in the franchise.
Edgar-Jones is portraying the role of “a former storm chaser who works a desk job after surviving a terrifying tornado. However, she will be forced back out onto the field.” Production is expected to begin this coming spring, with the movie scheduled to hit theaters on July 19, 2024.
The film is being written by Mark L. Smith (Returning), with Steven Spielberg attached to executive produce through his Amblin Entertainment banner. It is being produced by Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley. Universal’s Sara Scott and Jacqueline Garell are overseeing the project, along with Kennedy/Marshall’s Ashley Jay Sandberg.
Directed by Jan de Bont, the first installment follows storm chasers Bill Harding and Dr. Joanne Harding, who are in the midst of finalizing their divorce. The pair reunites during a severe tornado outbreak in Oklahoma, where they’re able to test their weather-tracking device that would improve lead times on tornado warnings.
Twister was both a critical and commercial success, with a worldwide gross of over $495 million at the box office. It also starred Cary Elwes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alan Ruck, Todd Field, and more.