Everything We Know So Far About 2020's Top Gun: Maverick

04 March 2020
Film, Entertainment, Movies, Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick
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After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is back

Are you ready to head back to the danger zone? No? Well you damn well better get ready, because Top Gun: Maverick is approaching at the speed of an F-22 Raptor.

Tom Cruise, who most will know played the hero in the cult-classic 1986 action film, first shared an image from the set of the long-awaited Top Gun reboot earlier this year, revealing that the film had been in active development for almost a decade.

All the interested parties, including Paramount, Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer,  said that they've been trying to get a new Top Gun film made for "30 years". However, plans were put on hold in 2012, after Tony Scott, director of the original, sadly took his own life.

Cruise did eventually confirm that a new Top Gun was set to start filming last year, during a press tour for The Mummy. Now, with the first trailer at our doorsteps, here's everything we know so far about the film.

The Production Team

It was confirmed back in 2014 that Justin Marks, who most recently wrote the screenplay for Disney's live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, would be set to pen the film. Joseph Kasinski, who previously directed Cruise in the visually striking Oblivion, will reunite with the actor to direct. As has been made very clear by all parties involved, Paramount and Jerry Bruckheimer are both directly involved in producing and distributing the film.

The Cast

As if today we can confirm stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris all play a part in the new film.

Teller will play Goose’s son and Maverick’s protege. Goose was played by Anthony Edwards in the original film.

Val Kilmer returns as “Iceman” and Jennifer Connelly seems as though she will play a love interest for Maverick.

The one key crew member from the original film who won't be returning looks to be Kelly McGillis , who played Charlie (Cruise's love interest) in the 1986 action drama, as she was not asked to participate in the sequel despite many of her co-stars appearing in the film.

McGillis told Entertainment Tonight she didn’t plan on attending any events for Top Gun: Maverick for a variety of reasons, not least because she has yet to be asked: “It hasn’t happened,” she said, adding, “I don’t really keep in touch with anybody.”

Since then, Paramount have unveiled the cast set to take the Top Gun franchise into a new generation, with Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, and Greg Tarzan Davis rounding out the ensemble.

The Story

Cruise will return in the role of an older, wiser Lieutenant Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, whose role in the film will be as a mentor to the next generation of fighter pilots. As you might expect, the recruits are shocked out of their amusement fairly quickly as Maverick shows why he’s so highly regarded.

“Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines,” Cruise previously told Access Hollywood. “It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one ... but a progression for Maverick,” the star added.

The story is rumoured to explore the relationship between human pilots and unmanned drones in the modern military. Given the film’s title, Top Gun: Maverick, it’s expected that Cruise’s pilot character will be at the centre of the story – likely fighting to affirm the value of human pilots. Here's the blurb the studio shared this morning with the trailer:

"After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialised mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it."

Release date

Top Gun: Maverick was originally slated to hit cinemas June 26, however given the busy mid-summer release schedule that co-incides with the film's release, Paramount have decided to bump Maverick forward to get a head start on the competition. Collider reports that In the Heights, a huge musical drama that many are pegging to be a big box office hit in the states, is also dropping that weekend, while Pixar's Soul and Ryan Reynolds' Free Guy headline the weekends before and after respectively. This means you can expect to catch the film on June 24.

Via GQ Australia