With movies and TV shows being rebooted left and right, it would be more surprising if Hollywood chose to leave something alone. A Top Gun sequel had been rumored for years, but now the iconic ’80s film is officially being revived for a sequel starring Tom Cruise and Miles Teller. From the rest of the cast to the premiere date, keep reading to see all the details we’ve managed to round up about the sequel.
Teller is playing the son of Anthony Edwards’s character, Goose. Teller reportedly beat out Glen Powell, Nicholas Hoult, Dylan O’Brien, and Austin Butler for the role, which required many of Hollywood’s hottest young stars to travel to Cruise’s home in Florida to audition. The production team ended up loving Powell’s audition so much, however, that they’ve created an entirely new role for him in the film.
As for Cruise, he’s reprising his role as hot-shot pilot Maverick. The 56-year-old has been vocal about the sequel himself, and has even been sharing sneak peeks at production ever since filming began in late May. Back in April 2017, Val Kilmer teased that he’d signed on to play Iceman once more, saying that Top Gun 2 would be a “hoot.”
The rest of the cast is rounded out by A-list names like Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Jay Ellis, and more.
The Production Team
The reboot can also be traced back as far as January 2016, when Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted about it. Bruckheimer incited a riot among fans when he tweeted the picture above with his old buddy, hinting that the sequel was definitely on the table. As for the director, Joseph Kosinski is taking on the action film, which makes sense since he’s worked with Cruise on Oblivion in 2013.
At this stage, the plot is mostly being kept under wraps. The only details that have come outabout the story so far reveal that Cruise’s character is now a flight instructor, and that drone technology will play a part in the events of the film. Joseph Kosinski, who previously helmed 2013’s Oblivion, is directing the sequel, and told ComingSoon in October that that the sequel will be “appropriate for the times we live in.”
“The Navy is very different now than it was in 1986,” he explained. “It’s just a different world now, so you can’t remake the first movie. It has to adapt, [but] I certainly want to recreate the experience of that movie, which gives you a front seat into the world of naval aviation and what it’s like to be in a fighter jet.”
The Premiere Date
Top Gun: Maverick has been pushed back by nearly a year from July 12, 2019, to June 26, 2020.