Some movies are so popular and successful when they open that the public knows a sequel is on the way, especially these days. The possibility for franchising an excellent film is at an all-time high as people are open to film series now more than ever. There are other times when a movie is not only successful from the jump but also goes on to be considered a classic and a sequel gets made decades after the original debuted. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but the main hope is that the new film does the older one justice and at least stays true to its roots.
Back in May, it was announced that Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer would be back to reprise their roles as Maverick and Iceman in a sequel to Top Gun, over 30 years after the original opened in theaters for the first time. The 1986 film cemented Tom Cruise as Hollywood’s premier leading actor, and while some folks believe that Top Gun shouldn’t be added onto, most people are excited to see the gang getting back together. The film is currently titled Top Gun: Maverick. Whether or not it stays named that is still to be determined.
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This time around, Cruise and Kilmer will be starring as flight instructors for a new class of pilots in the United States Navy’s training school, but one thing that looks to be staying the same this time around is Maverick and his love of motorcycles. Fresh from the set of Maverick, we’ve got a couple of photos of Tom Cruise rocking his classic Top Gun look of aviators, a bomber jacket, and his motorcycle. While the world continues to change, some things just stay the same…
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Joining Cruise and Kilmer will be Miles Teller, who will play the role of Goose’s son. His role has been announced, but he’ll be joined by Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Manny Jacinto, and Glen Powell in undisclosed roles. Also onboard, as reported by Deadline, Lewis Pullman (Bill Pullman’s son), Kara Wang (Good Trouble), Jack Schumacher (Empire), Greg Tarzan Davis (Chicago P.D.), Jake Picking (Blockers), Raymond Lee (Mozart in the Jungle), Jean Louisa Kelly (Ant-Man), and Lyliana Wray (Strange Angel).
How much of a role Cruise and Kilmer play is still to be seen, but for fans of Top Gun, it’s going to be great to see Maverick and Iceman return to the screen together. Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to open in theaters on June of 2020.