It’s been 32 years, but fans are finally getting their sequel to Top Gun, which actually began filming at the end of May. Not exactly falling into the category of spoiler is the fact that the film is bringing Tom Cruise back in one of his most iconic roles — Maverick — and reuniting him with the original’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer. Joining them from the original is Val Kilmer, who is reprising the role of “Iceman,” and all three of them will be surrounded by a whole new crew both in front of and behind the camera.
Tom, of course, hasn’t been idle since 1986, having starred in 34 movies, the latest of which, Mission Impossible: Fallout, is a huge action hit and the sixth installment in the MI series. His schedule, according to Jerry, is part of the reason why it’s taken so long for Top Gun: Maverick to finally get into production. “Fortunately for Tom, he’s very busy,” he mused to The Huffington Post, “so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture.” Needless to say, Paramount found that all the parts fit.
Not that this is unusual for a Cruise film, but details regarding the plot are under wraps. At the same time, there may be clue (unless things have changed since then) in something Jerry said in that interview, where he noted that the film dealt with the issue of drones: “The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones? Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay.” Sounds good to us!
What follows is our preview of Top Gun: Maverick, providing a guide to the cast members we know of at this point, and featuring behind the scenes comments from both Jerry and director Joseph Kosinski. We hope that you, like us, still have the need for speed — scroll down the check out the gallery!