Talk about a delayed flight. Top Gun: Maverick will finally soar into theaters this summer, more than 30 years after the 1986 cult film premiered. Original star Tom Cruise is starring in the sequel, and while we'll meet some new pilots, Cruise won’t be the only familiar face in the film.
The movie's details are classified. If we told you, we'd have to kill you. Kidding —it takes place an accurate 34 years later, with Cruise reprising his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.
Maverick, a.k.a. Pete Mitchell, is now a flight instructor at the advanced Naval aviation training program at Miramar — otherwise known as Top Gun. Among his trainees is the son of his late flying partner, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. The trailers below don't give much else away. But honestly, we don't need much else than amazing aerial shots to be excited for a Top Gun revival.
Get your flight suit ready. Here's everything you need to know about Top Gun: Maverick.
Top Gun: Maverick release date
Top Gun: Maverick currently has a release date of May 27, 2022, which now seems pretty firm.
When Tom Cruise revealed Top Gun: Maverick in 2017, the film was scheduled to be released on July 12, 2019, but was eventually pushed back. Other release dates also got thrown out, including June 26th, 2020 and July 2, 2021.
Top Gun: Maverick trailer
The latest Top Gun: Maverick trailer, which was released on March 29, gives us a little more insight into the movie. In it, it's revealed that his main nemesis in the original — Iceman, played by Val Kilmer — has rose in the ranks to become an admiral, and an admirer of Mitchell.
We also get a few more lines from Jon Hamm, who appears to be the commander of the Top Gun program, and who is none too thrilled at the prospect of Mitchell as an instructor. Jennifer Connelly also has a few lines about responsibility.
The trailer also has plenty of shots of Cruise & Co. flying around in F/A-18s, the fighter that replaced the venerable F-14 Tomcat that featured heavily in the original movie. There's also a brief glimpse of what looks like an F-22 Raptor (sorry, that's exclusively an Air Force plane) as well as an unknown stealth fighter.
The second trailer doesn't include Ed Harris, who had the only other speaking role in the first trailer.
In the first trailer that was released way back in 2019, Maverick's credentials are rattled off by a commanding officer, and it seems like his reckless nature is still intact — as he's stuck at Captain rank too. We also see glimpses of his colleagues, played by Jon Hamm and Jennifer Connelly.
During San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Tom Cruise popped in during Paramount Pictures’ Terminator: Dark Fate panel to debut the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick. The action star looks like he just walked off the set of the original, aviator sunglasses and all.
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Top Gun: Maverick cast and crew
Tom Cruise returns to star and stunt in Top Gun: Maverick, as does Val Kilmer, who will reprise his role as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky. Oh, and we can't forget about Miles Teller's role as Bradley Bradshaw, Goose's son. In the trailer we see Teller thumping piano keys just like dad and get a glimpse at the temperament he inherited, too.
Chicago Justice star Monica Barbaro presents Top Gun's first female pilot and Bradley Bradshaw's love interest. This will be her first major film project.
We also get a look at Jennifer Connelly in the trailer, whose character is described as "a single mom who owns a bar near the base." It seems like she may replace Kelly McGillis as Maverick's romantic opposite.
Jon Hamm joins the cast as a hardened Naval officer, or so we think by the striking glares in the trailer. He told Collider (opens in new tab) he's impressed by the aerial action: "There’s not a lot of CG. Those guys are really up in planes and getting thrown around in multiple Gs."
Finally, we see Ed Harris telling Maverick that he's a dying breed. "The end is inevitable, Maverick, your kind is headed for extinction." Can someone say "drone warfare?"
Joseph Kosinki (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion), directs Top Gun: Maverick, while Hans Zimmer scores the movie. The cinematic pair has worked together on action films before and we're excited to see them team up again.
Kelly McGillis won't be reprising her role as Charlie Blackwood, the civilian flight instructor who played Maverick's love interest in the original.
Top Gun: Maverick — Monica Barbaro’s character
In an interview with Empire (opens in new tab), Barbaro emphasized how much the folks behind Top Gun: Maverick are focused on giving equality to the first female pilot in Top Gun. She explained: "Tom, and all the production team, and the Navy really cared about making Phoenix as smart and talented and capable as they possibly could, to really represent the actual women who do this for a living."
Top Gun: Maverick helmet
Ever wanted to own a true piece of Americana? You're too late. The helmet that Maverick (Cruise) wore in Top Gun sold for £250,000 (approx. $353,575 at an auction last summer (opens in new tab).
This was five times its pre-sale estimate.
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