Tom Cruise looks like he has not aged a day in the 32 years since Top Gun was originally released in theaters. Cruise was spotted on the set of the Top Gun sequel recently rocking his iconic bomber jacket and Aviator shades, speeding around on the Kawasaki Ninja Carbon bike, that made fans swoon in the first movie.
Eyewitnesses claim that the actor, 56, was laughing and joking with the crew in between takes and it looked like he was loving getting to be Maverick once again. But it hasn’t been all good news for the long-awaited sequel.
Paramount Pictures announced earlier this year that they have pushed back the release of the Top Gun sequel, rumored to be called Top Gun: Maverick, to the summer of 2020. The studio had originally scheduled the movie’s release for July 12, 2019, but they gave the filmmakers extra time, so they could work out the logistics of presenting the complex flight sequences with new planes and technology.
After Cruise posted a pic on Twitter in May of himself as Maverick standing in front of a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet with “Feel the Need” stamped on it, it looked like we were going to get the long-awaited sequel sooner rather than later. But, Paramount wants to make sure the movie ends up being just as awesome as the first, so they decided to wait and do it right.
Cruise will once again play Pete “Maverick” Mitchell who is now a flight instructor at the Top Gun school, and it will be set in the world of drone technology while exploring the end of the dogfighting era.
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Joe Kosinski (who directed Cruise in Oblivion) is directing the movie, and Peter Craig, Justin Marks, and Eric Warren Singer wrote the script. Cruise and Skydance CEO David Ellison will be producing the film along with Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first Top Gun with the late Don Simpson.
Val Kilmer will be reprising his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, and Miles Teller will play Goose’s son and Maverick’s new protege. Anthony Edwards played Goose, Maverick’s co-pilot, who died in the original 1986 film.
Other stars joining Tom Cruise for Top Gun 2 include: Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, and Monica Barbaro.