Just a year after Bottle Rocket, in 1997, Luke Wilson was tapped to appear in Scream 2 the highly anticipated sequel to the tremendously successful teen slasher movie Scream. Even though Luke Wilson’s role in Scream 2 was less than substantial he still made the most of it and he was still moving his career forward as more and more doors began to open for him. After Scream 2 Luke Wilson’s roles started to become more and more substantial. In the 1998 movie Rushmore Luke Wilson played Dr. Peter Flynn and even though the movie was a disappointment at the box office it gained some critical acclaim and Luke Wilson’s performance did not go unnoticed by the rest of Hollywood.
Luke Wilson kept taking whatever roles he could get and even got to work with his brother Andrew again in the 2000 movie Preston Tylk. But it was a role he would take the following year that would help to get Luke Wilson out from under the ever growing shadow of his brother Owen who’s star was rising in Hollywood at an impressive pace. In 2000 Luke Wilson took the role of Pete Komisky in the smash hit Charlie’s Angels and Hollywood know they would not be able to contain Luke Wilson for very much longer. Then in 2001 Luke Wilson took the role of Emmett Richmond in the surprise hit Legally Blonde and that was the movie that put Luke Wilson on the Hollywood radar and began to open up doors for him. Luke Wilson was credited with putting in a tremendous performance in the hit comedy and soon producers and directors from all over Hollywood began to take notice.
From there Luke Wilson’s resume grew and he began to show up in surprise hit after surprise hit. He did the 2003 movie Old School with Will Ferrell which turned out to be a box office smash and got good reviews for a comedy as well. Luke Wilson continued on with the Legally Blonde franchise when he did Legally Blonde 2 in 2003 and then worked with Will Ferrell again in 2004 in the hit comedy Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy.
Luke Wilson continues to work and his roles are starting to show increasing range in his acting ability. He just recently starred in the 2007 western 3:10 To Yuma with Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. Not only is Luke Wilson’s stock rising in Hollywood but the company he is starting to keep is beginning to change as well.