Twisters: London Premiere, Starring Glen Powell, Attended by Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in London at ‘Twisters’ Premiere to Support ‘Top Gun’ Pal Glen Powell

Powell is not the only Top Gun: Maverick creative involved in Twisters: Joseph Kosinski, who directed Maverick, wrote the story for a new chapter in the tornado saga for Universal and Warner.

Audience members got some early thrills courtesy of a special guest in the crowd: Tom Cruise.

The star attended the screening in support of his Top GunMaverick pals, including Glen Powell, who stars in the Universal and Warner release opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones, Harry Hadden-Paton and Anthony Ramos.

There’s another Top Gun connection: That film’s director, Joseph Kosinski, is credited with story by credit on Twisters, which was written by Mark L. Smith based on characters created by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin. Cruise has also long been close to Steven Spielberg, who executive produced the new Twisters as well as the original 1996 film.

Lily (Sasha Lane) and Tyler (Glen Powell), in Twisters directed by Lee Isaac Chung.
Cruise, who did not walk the red carpet, shared a candid snap from inside the theater with the caption, “Fun night with friends, watching a movie!!” Top Gun‘s official Instagram account responded in the comments section with, “Our Maverick and Hangman.”

Powell opened up on his relationship with Cruise, someone he considers a mentor. “I got to work with the guy I’ve idolized my whole life in a movie that I’ve wanted to be in my whole life,” Powell said of Top GunMaverick.

That movie revitalized the box office and exhibition business amid the pandemic due to a whopping $1.495 billion tally.

Powell keeps an “icon wisdom” journal, which he’s updating his entire career, and Cruise has inspired the most ink in it.

“First of all, there will never be another Tom Cruise,” Powell explained. “That is a singular career in a singular moment, but also movie stars of the ’80s, ’90s, early 2000s, those will never be re-created.”

Cruise offered some advice about how to navigate fame and increased attention in the wake of the Top Gun success. “I kept coming back to something that Cruise had said: ‘The world’s going to become really loud, and it’s your decision how much you turn up or down the volume, because the world did get really loud, but I didn’t know where those dials were.’ I was like, ‘I know we talked about this, but I don’t know how to work this console.’”

“The one thing I feel we’re kindred spirits in is he’s obsessed with movies. That was our love language on set. I got to watch a guy who knew every department. He was able to clearly interface with everyone and be so friendly and respectful and be able to communicate that vision.”

Twisters opens July 17. Brandon Perea, Maura Tierney, Sasha Lane, Harry Hadden-Patton, David Corenswet, Daryl McCormack, Tunde Adebimpe, Katy O’Brian, Nik Dodani, Kiernan Shipka and Paul Scheer round out the cast. Edgar-Jones stars as Kate, a former storm chaser who was traumatized by a tornado during her college years. She is lured back to the plains by a friend (Ramos) to test a new tracking system only to eventually cross paths with Tyler (Powell), a reckless social-media superstar who thrives on posting storm-chasing adventures with his crew.

Cruise has been filming the 8th Mission: Impossible installment with director Christopher McQuarrie.

One of the film’s co-stars, Simon Pegg, recently took to Instagram to share that he’d wrapped his role in the highly anticipated film that follows Dead Reckoning Part One. “What a journey has been. And what a fucking incredible spectacle this next film is going to be, I’m so excited for you to see it. But until then, Benji Dunn signing off.”

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