What Do We Know About Top Gun 2?
Almost 33 years since Tom Cruise burst onto screens as the brooding pilot in Top Gun in 1986, Maverick is set to return. Cruise and rival Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the original film, reprise their roles in the long-awaited Top Gun sequel. Maverick is now the mentor of the new crop of US Navy fighter pilots, allowing a natural way for the actor to come back as an older man. The original film’s backdrop of the 1980s will be upgraded to the current issues the US Navy are facing in 2019. The film, titled Top Gun: Maverick, looks to be connecting to its roots as much as it is giving us an entirely new look at the concept of learning to do one of the toughest jobs in the world. The film was undeniably popular for its 1980s vibes and, hopefully, the sequel will find a way to hark back to the golden age of Cruise’s filmography, while updating it enough for modern audiences.
The time is right for a Top Gun sequel. Enough time has passed for comparisons to the original to be unwarranted and fans of the original will be ready to enter the world of Maverick once again. New audiences will be able to connect to a Top Gun of the age of Twitter and drones more so than one of beach volleyball and landlines. Plus, Top Gun still remains popular as a cultural phenomenon. Countless fancy dress shops sell Top Gun inspired Maverick costumes to show that, while people may not be as familiar with the plot of the film or the characters as they once may have been, they can recognize the power of the brand. Top Gun is also available as a range of mobile casino games, including a selection of slots that feature motifs of the characters and a loose narrative based on what the US Navy pilots should be doing.
Casting announcements are tight-lipped but several actors are being screen tested to play Goose’s son. Goose, played by Anthony Edwards, was Tom Cruise’s character’s moustachioed wingman, whose character – spoiler! – died in the original film. Nicholas Hoult, Miles Teller and Glen Powell are all vying for the role, as Goose’s son will follow in his father’s footsteps and will likely give us an emotional connection to the original film if Maverick is his mentor. As for Cruise’s love interest, Kelly McGillis; back in 2014, she claimed she would come back for a cameo in the new film but has since been spotted at her home during filming so it is unlikely that she will have a prominent role in the sequel.
Cruise stated that the film would go back to its roots. He said: “Aviators are back; the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one…but a progression for Maverick.” By keeping the key format that led to the domestic lifetime gross of $179,800,601, the filmmakers are expecting the film to succeed financially as well as continue the cultural success of the brand and the franchise.