The highly-anticipated sequel to Tom Cruise’s Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick will be released a bit earlier than planned. It was slated to premiere June 26th but was moved two days earlier to June 24th of this year.
The schedule is a classic move from Paramount for its summer event, releasing a big movie akin to their past Transformers premieres. The weekend before the U.S. Independence Day is already stacked with huge films like the Jon Chu-directed film adaptation of the Broadway hit In the Heights, Dreamworks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy, and Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru.
It took 34 years before the 1986 classic to have its long-awaited sequel and despite over three decades had passed, everybody still knows who Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell is. The character isn’t only relevant to Tom Cruise because the film pretty much launched his film career, but Maverick has had a lot of classic pop culture moments and quotes which people still use up to this day.
Principal Photography of Top Gun: Maverick began last May and the story will continue from where the first film ended.
The film’s synopsis states that Pete Mitchell will be dealing with the new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots for a special mission and encountering the son of his late best friend Lt. Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw.
Besides the premise that Paramount has released for the film, the production has been hush hush to not release any further details but a few fans managed to take a few photos for some quick information. One fan managed to take a snapshot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet slashing through the skies of the Star Wars Canyon. The pilot of the fighter jet wore the same flight helmet that many fans noticed being the same make for Top Gun: Maverick’s promotional material.
The cast brings back some of the original cast, Tom Cruise reprising one of his iconic characters, Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, Val Kilmer as Commander Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky, Miles Teller as Bradley Bradshaw, Jennifer Connelly as Penny Benjamin, Manny Jacinto as Fritz, Glenn Powell as a trainee with a call sign ‘Hangman’, Ed Harris as a rear admiral who serves as Maverick’s superior, Jon Hamm as a yet to be named vice admiral, among others.
Hopefully, by the film’s premiere, the worldwide Corona Virus pandemic will have died down so that summer’s movie blockbuster season won’t also be canceled just like most events and gatherings around the world. Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Christopher McQuarrie, and Tom Cruise, and is written by Ehren Kruger, Christopher McQuarrie, and Eric Warren Singer.