Get ready to feel the need for speed all over again. After years of rumors, Top Gun 2 — which may or may not be titled Top Gun: Maverick — is officially hitting theaters in July 2019, and Tom Cruise isn’t the only person returning for the sequel. Recent casting reports also indicate that a trio of young actors are the leading contenders to play the son of one of the first film’s featured characters.
With the film scheduled to hit theaters July 12, 2019, here’s everything we know about the Top Gun sequel so far.
- Title: Top Gun: Maverick
- Release date: July 12, 2019
- Cast: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer
- Director: Joseph Kosinski
The film brings back original Top Gun star Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the hotshot pilot character that helped make Cruise a superstar. He’ll reportedly be joined by Val Kilmer, reprising his role as Maverick’s rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.
Reports suggest that X-Men franchise actor Nicholas Hoult, Set It Up actor Glen Powell, and Whiplash actor Miles Teller are in the running to play the son of Maverick’s former wingman, Goose, who was played by Anthony Edwards in the first film.
There’s no word on which, if any, additional cast members from the 1986 film are planning to return for the sequel.
Paramount Pictures isn’t revealing too many details about the sequel’s plot, but the story is rumored to explore the relationship between human pilots and unmanned drones in the modern military. Given the film’s working title, Top Gun: Maverick, it’s expected that Cruise’s pilot character will be at the center of the story — likely fighting to affirm the value of human pilots.
The film will reunite Cruise with Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski, who also directed 2010’s TRON: Legacy. Paramount Pictures confirmed Kosinski as the film’s director in a July 2017 announcement that also revealed the film’s July 2019 release date. Perhaps just as notably, the original film’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, is also behind the scenes for the sequel.
Kenny Loggins is planning to record a new version of his song Danger Zone for the Top Gun sequel. The original film featured a memorable montage of flight clips set to Danger Zone, and Loggins indicated that he’s hoping to team up with a young rock musician or band to give the song new life in Top Gun: Maverick.
On May 31, Cruise posted a photo on Twitter from the first day of production on the Top Gun sequel. The photo features Cruise back in Maverick’s flight suit, with the superimposed tagline “Feel the Need” giving nostalgic fans exactly what they’re looking for.
Updated on June 27: Added casting reports for the son of Goose, Anthony Edwards’ character