The ‘Top Gun’ Sequel: Five Things You Need to Know About the Upcoming Film

Tom Cruise's long-awaited follow-up to the classic military movie is on its way; there's much for fans to digest

Image Credit: Jerry Bruckheimer, Skydance

After more than 20 years, “Top Gun” will have a sequel.

The original 1986 feature is one of the most popular military films of all time, and its popularity has only grown over the years.

The story of a young and cocky Navy pilot named Maverick (played by a young Tom Cruise) is the sort of exciting and patriotic cinema that would take some digging to find among today’s films.

At 56 years old, Tom Cruise is revisiting his role on the set of “Top Gun: Maverick,” set to be released next year.

Though few specifics are known about the story of the film, a few bits of news have been discovered about what exactly is going on with this highly anticipated sequel.

Here are five things you need to know about the “Top Gun” sequel as of right now.

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1.) The cast includes Miles Teller and Glen Powell. At 31 and 29 respectively, Teller and Powell are the perfect ages to have major roles in this film.

Teller reportedly will play the son of Goose, Maverick’s late best friend from the original film. There’s been no confirmation about Powell’s role, but some people have theorized he’ll be playing the son of Maverick.

2.) Val Kilmer is returning. Though he recently suffered from throat cancer, Kilmer is returning to the “Top Gun” franchise as his famous Iceman character, a pilot who butted heads with Maverick often in the first film.

3.) The director is Joseph Kosinski. His name may not be immediately familiar, but Kosinski and Cruise have a history of working together. The director commanded Cruise in the science fiction film “Oblivion.” His other feature credits include “Tron: Legacy” and “Only the Brave,” one of the best films of last year.

The film’s original director, Tony Scott, unfortunately could not return to his franchise because he passed away in 2012. Before his death he was developing the film with original producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who remained on the production.

4.) The focus will not be on drones. There were rumors early on the film would feature the development of drone technology, but Kosinski assured fans the focus would remain on fighter pilots.

“Personally, I would never want to see a movie about drones. For me, ‘Top Gun’ has always been not about fighter planes. It’s been about fighter pilots,” he told CinemaBlend.

That, however, does not mean the technology will be completely ignored.

Cruise said the film is in the same vein as the original and is a “competition film,” according to CinemaBlend. Could this mean we’ll be following older fighter pilots like Maverick as they prove themselves in a brave new world of drones and second-hand war?

5.) A poster’s been released. Though few plot details are known and filming is still underway, there already is a poster for “Top Gun” that tips its hat to what is arguably the first film’s most famous line.

Tom Cruise recently shared the poster to his social media followeres to mark the first day of principal photography.

“Top Gun: Maverick” is slated for release on July 12, 2019.

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