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Glen Powell Nearly Secured Josh Hartnett’s Role in Oppenheimer

Glen Powell Nearly Secured Josh Hartnett's Role in Oppenheimer
Glen Powell in Top Gun Maverick (Paramount Pictures)

Glen Powell, known for his role in Top Gun: Maverick, is gearing up for numerous upcoming projects, but recently shared insights about a missed opportunity to collaborate with Christopher Nolan on his latest film, Oppenheimer. Despite his rising star status in Hollywood, Powell acknowledges that not every role falls into his lap, revealing that he narrowly missed out on portraying nuclear physicist Ernest Lawrence in Oppenheimer, a role ultimately awarded to Josh Hartnett. Despite the disappointment, Powell maintains a positive outlook, expressing confidence in his continued connection with Nolan and the possibility of future collaborations.

Powell’s potential collaboration with Nolan wouldn’t be their first, as he previously appeared in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, albeit in a smaller role as a trader at the Gotham Stock Market who encounters Bane’s wrath. While Powell doesn’t discuss this role in the interview, it’s undoubtedly a memorable moment in his career.

Top Gun: Maverick's Glen Powell Has His Eyes Set on One Specific DCU Superhero Role

Glen Powell in Top Gun Maverick (Paramount Pictures)

Following his breakout role in Top Gun: Maverick, Powell has continued to make waves in the industry. His involvement in Richard Linklater’s Hit Man, a film he co-wrote and starred in, garnered critical acclaim, with a remarkable 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is set to premiere on Netflix on June 7, further solidifying Powell’s presence in the industry.

Powell’s success extends to the romantic comedy Anyone But You, in which he co-stars alongside Sydney Sweeney. Despite suggestions for a streaming release, Powell and Sweeney opted for an exclusive theatrical debut, a decision that paid off handsomely with a global box office haul of $219 million on a modest $25 million budget.

Top Gun: Maverick's Glen Powell Has His Eyes Set on One Specific DCU Superhero Role

Glen Powell in Top Gun Maverick (Paramount Pictures)

Next up for Powell is Twisters, a standalone sequel to the 1996 disaster film hit, where he portrays the cocky storm chaser Tyler Owens. Set to hit screens on July 19, Twisters features Powell alongside an ensemble cast including Daisy Edgar-Jones, Anthony Ramos, and Maura Tierney. Additionally, Powell has a slew of other projects in development, including a remake of The Running Man with director Edgar Wright, a collaboration with J.J. Abrams, the revenge thriller Huntington, and a remake of Heaven Can Wait.

Powell’s diverse range of projects showcases his versatility as an actor and his willingness to take on challenging and varied roles. As he continues to expand his repertoire, audiences can anticipate even more exciting performances from this rising star.

Mona Sharma
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Mona is a film lover based in Chennai, India. She focuses on the South Indian film industry and enjoys sharing her thoughts on new releases. You can email her at [email protected].

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