Twisters: Release date, cast & everything we know

Cameron Frew
Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton in Twister

Here’s everything we know about Twisters, the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster, including a release date and possible plot details.

In 1996, Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt starred in Jan De Bont’s Twister, one of the best disaster movies of the decade.

Boasting groundbreaking visual effects that are still more effective than today’s CGI, it immersed audiences in the dark side of nature – and it clearly worked, as the film made more than $495 million, becoming the second-highest-grossing movie of the year behind Independence Day.

Now a sequel is in the works, so here’s what we know about Twisters so far.


Twisters release date

Universal Pictures have announced that Twisters will be released on July 19. 2024. As expected, this release date sets the sequel up as a potential summer juggernaut for the year.

One that could follow in the footsteps of Top Gun: Maverick as being a cult classic film that then creates a sequel that is just as beloved and well received.

The poster for the original Twister

Another Twister movie was first announced in 2020, originally touted as a reboot with Top Gun: Maverick’s Joseph Kosinski set to direct and Indiana Jones’ Frank Marshall producing.

Kosinski has since dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with his Formula One movie with Apple, so a search is underway for a new director, with the likes of Free Solo’s Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vaserhelyi, Prey’s Dan Trachtenberg, and Missing Link’s Travis Knight under consideration.

Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. are co-financing the project. This isn’t some half-baked follow-up – it’s a “big-scale sequel” that’s been backed by Stephen Spielberg.

Twisters cast: Who has been cast for the sequel?

While cast details are slim and much hasn’t been confirmed, Helen Hunt is hoped to return as Dr. Jo Harding in Twisters.

Bill Paxton, who played Dr. Bill Harding, passed away in 2017. It’s unclear whether any other characters from the first film will return.

According to Deadline, sources say the sequel will focus on a daughter that Hunt’s character had with Paxton’s Bill, but there haven’t been any casting indications so far.

Speaking to Collider, Hunt revealed she’d expressed interest in directing the sequel, but she was knocked back. “I tried to get it made, with Daveed [Diggs] and Rafael [Casal] and me writing it, and all Black and brown storm chasers, and they wouldn’t do it. I was going to direct it,” she said.

“We could barely get a meeting, and this is in June of 2020 when it was all about diversity. It would have been so cool.”

On December 15, Deadline reported that Lee Isaac Chung, director of the Oscar-nominated Minari, was in talks to direct Twisters. However, the article reported that there have not been any discussions regarding casting for the movie.

In March 2023, it was confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter that Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones has been cast in the sequel. Jones will play a former storm chases who has retired to an office job after a scary encounter with a tornado. However, she will quickly be dragged back into the field.

As well as this, there are also new talks that suggest Anthony Ramos could be joining the cast alongside Edgar-Jones. Rounding off what is shaping up to be a stellar younger cast.

Twisters plot: What will the film be about?

While no official plot details have been shared, Deadline’s report suggested the movie will follow Hunt’s character’s daughter, who’s “caught the storm-chasing bug her parents had.”

While it has not been confirmed, there is a good chance that Edgar-Jones will be playing Hunt’s daughter. One thing we do know is that the film will include, yep you guessed it, storms and Twisters.

Twisters trailer: Is there a trailer for the film?

No, there isn’t a trailer for Twisters at the time of writing, as the movie has yet to enter production. However, you can check out the trailer for the original movie below:

We’ll update this article upon further announcements. Twister is available to stream on-demand on Amazon Prime.

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About The Author

Cameron is Deputy TV and Movies Editor at Dexerto. He's an action movie aficionado, '80s obsessive, and Oscars enthusiast. He loves Invincible, but he's also a fan of The Boys, the MCU, The Chosen, and much more. You can contact him at