Tom Cruise may have taken a hit after The Mummy received a drubbing from critics and under-performed at the box office, but there’s no denying that the actor, who just turned 55, is still a bona fide movie star. One of Cruise’s early hits was the 1986 action film Top Gun, directed by the late Tony Scott. For years, a possible sequel was bandied about, and Scott was reportedly in the planning stages for a Top Gun follow-up just before his death.
Now, Paramount pictures has confirmed that the sequel, officially titled ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, is a go. Cruise announced the title during an interview with Access Hollywood. As the title suggests, Cruise will reprise his role as ace Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. While plot details are still scarce, the film is said to centre on Maverick’s role as instructor to a new generation of would-be top guns. While Val Kilmer has said he has been asked to return as Tom “Iceman” Kazanski, no casting announcements beyond Cruise’s involvement have been made.
Joseph Kosinski, who directed Cruise in Oblivion, will helm the project. Screenwriters Peter Craig (The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2), Justin Marks (The Jungle Book) and Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) have penned the script.“We’re going to have the same tone. Stylistically, it’s going to be the same,” Cruise said, also promising “big, fast machines”. He described Top Gun: Maverick as a “competition film, like the first one,” and promised a progression for his character. “I am really excited, it’s a great challenge,” Cruise concluded. Audiences can look forward to a return to the danger zone in July 2019.