With lead roles in movies like the romcom Anyone but You, Glen Powell has emerged as one of the rising stars in Hollywood. He began his professional acting career at the mere age of 13 with a role in the movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, which featured A-listers like Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas.

Glen Powell as Ben in a still from Anyone But You
Glen Powell as Ben in a still from Anyone But You

Of all the roles that Powell has played so far, the one he is most known for is Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresi in the blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick. He seems to be gearing up to grace the screens with something similar soon as his new documentary The Blue Angels has already landed in IMAX theaters.

Glen Powell’s The Blue Angels Has This One Similarity with Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick

Glen Powell in Top Gun: Maverick
Glen Powell in Top Gun: Maverick

Glen Powell is a licensed pilot, all thanks to his co-star Tom Cruise, who paid for his flight school expenses as a Christmas present after working together in Top Gun: Maverick (via Instagram). Much like Cruise, Powell too seems to be putting his aviation lessons to good use by working on movies that involve flying in airplanes.

The second aviation movie Powell made was Devotion, which was released to positive reviews but failed to do well at the box office. This, however, did not discourage the actor, who has now done his best to make a documentary named The Blue Angels, about the story of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, a flight demonstration squadron of the United States Navy.

While this documentary is far from fiction unlike Top Gun: Maverick, the one characteristic they share is that they have been shot on IMAX cameras. In an interview with Collider, director Joseph Kosinski claimed that an hour of the film is in full IMAX format as the F-18 airplane scenes had been shot on Sony Venice IMAX cameras.

Similarly, The Blue Angels has also been shot on IMAX cameras as revealed by the masterminds behind it in a recent interview, according to AP News. Powell has worked on it as a producer, and the creators insist that viewers will get the best experience if they watch it in IMAX theatres.

Glen Powell Was Honored to be Asked to Produce the Documentary

A still from The Blue Angels | Source: IMAX, Prime
A still from The Blue Angels | Source: Amazon Prime Video

In an interview with Forbes, Powell revealed that the US Navy is like family to him considering the amount of time he has spent making the Top Gun sequel and the biographical war film Devotion. He further said:

My grandfather was in the Navy and I come from a military family, so to not only make films about that—but to make a documentary about it—and put the real heroes on screen it felt like such an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

Two-time Blue Angels Commanding Officer Greg ‘Boss’ Wooldridge stated that Powell had a huge hand in getting the documentary off the ground after COVID-19 ruined his plans of bringing it to the screens. The Set It Up actor then brought in acclaimed J. J. Abrams to make it happen, and they succeeded.

The Blue Angels is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. 

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