Normal People's Daisy Edgar-Jones lands next lead movie role in Twister sequel

Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones has been cast in the sequel to the beloved 1996 disaster movie, Twister.

The next instalment titled Twisters is set to capture the magic of the original, that followed storm-chasers Dr Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) and Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) as they developed a groundbreaking new weather alert system to predict oncoming tornadoes. The A-list cast also featured the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes and Todd Field.

According to Empire Online, the new movie could focus on Jo and Bill's daughter as she followed in her parents footsteps and tried to navigate and understand natural disasters, which would be an ideal role for Edgar-Jones.

It is thought that Hunt might make an appearance too, as she campaigned to get a more diverse sequel off the ground (to no success) ahead of the movie's 25th anniversary in 2021.

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The original blockbuster was helmed by Speed director Jan De Bont with Steven Speileberg onboard as an executive produced. This time round, Minari's Lee Isaac Chung is on board to direct, while the rest of the cast and crew has not yet been confirmed.

Alongside Twister's staggering box office success garnering $494 million worldwide, it also received two Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound but lost out to Independence Day and The English Patient respectively.

Thankfully, fans won't have too much longer to wait for the highly-anticipated sequel, as it has been given an official release date of July 19, 2024.

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Meanwhile, this is not the only big role Edgar-Jones has bagged recently. In December, the actress was cast as Carole King in the film adaptation of the Broadway show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which chronicles the singer's life and career.

Following her breakout role in Normal People, Edgar-Jones went onto star in the adaptation of the acclaimed book Where the Crawdads Sing. However, despite being a commercial success, the film opened to disappointing reviews.

Recently, Edgar-Jones shared her ambition to take on a villainous role in the future.

"I play a lot of gentle and quiet nice people, but I'd like to play characters that are very different from me. I'd like to transform and pick characters that aren't my obvious casting," she told Deadline.

Twisters is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2024.

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