Glen Powell to Enter Texas Film Hall of Fame

Actor to be honored ahead of Austin premiere of Hit Man

Glen Powell in Hit Man, the new true crime flick from Richard Linklater. The actor and writer will be inducted by Linklater into the Texas Film Hall of Fame at the movie's Austin premiere on May 15, ahead of a special Toast to Texas Film the following night. (Image Courtesy of Netflix/Detour Productions)

The biggest night in Texas film is about to honor one of its fastest rising talents. Glen Powell, native Austinite and star of the upcoming comedy drama Hit Man, is to be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on the night that his new film receives its Austin premiere.

Normally, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place the Thursday before South by Southwest, but Austin Film Society deferred the big party to coincide with the local premiere for what looks set to the biggest Austin film of the year: Hit Man, starring Powell, directed by Richard Linklater. Powell will be inducted by the director as part of a very special screening of the Netflix original at the Paramount Theatre on May 15, ahead of its streaming debut on Netflix on June 7.

The night after that screening, May 16, there will be a special event, A Toast to Texas Film: Honoring Glen Powell. The gala at Troublemaker Studios will serve as a fundraiser for AFS’ ongoing education and artistic programs (find out more about the event here).

Glen Powell (Image Courtesy of Austin Film Society)
The script for Hit Man – written by Linklater and Powell – is based on a 2001 Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Powell as Gary Johnson, a professor working undercover for the cops by pretending to be a contract killer to capture wannabe murderers before they can do the deed. It’s the second time Linklater has adapted a Hollandsworth feature (the first being 2012’s Bernie). Yet it’s just another chapter in the Slacker director’s long and rewarding creative relationship with Powell that began with Fast Food Nation and has continued with Everybody Wants Some!! and Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood. However, he’s not the only director to realize Powell’s star power, as the actor is coming in hot off a run that includes period air drama Devotion, blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick, and surprise rom-com smash Anyone But You. This all seems like simply prelude to his biggest summer yet, with both Hit Man and long-awaited legacy sequel Twisters.

Founded in 2001 by the Austin Film Society with an inaugural class that included scriptwriters Robert Benton and Bill Witliff, actor Sissy Spacek, and columnist Liz Smith, the Texas Film Hall of Fame honors those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the Texas film industry. Over the years, it has included directors such as Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) and Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), and actors including Renée Zellweger, Bill Paxton, Tommy Lee Jones, and Robin Wright, as well as writers (Kit Carson), producers (Bonnie Curtis), and executives (Michael De Luca), and people with an outsize influence that defies IMDb categorization such as John and Janet Pierson.

“It’s an honor to be part of inducting a fellow Austinite, my friend and collaborator Glen Powell, into the Texas Film Hall of Fame,” Linklater said. “The Texas Film Hall of Fame acknowledges Texans who have had a lasting impact on film culture, and Glen has already achieved this milestone.”

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