The need for speed! The cast and fans waited eagerly for the film to be released. Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: MaverickThis movie is finally in theaters this month.
Cruise, 59, who played pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in 1986’s Top GunIn summer 2017,, it was announced that a sequel was in development.
“We’re going to have the same tone that we had from the first,” the Jerry Maguire star told Access HollywoodIn June 2017, the official title was revealed. “Stylistically, it’s going to be the same.”
The original movie — which also starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan Val Kilmer — followed a rookie Maverick as he attended the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school. Throughout the film, Maverick went head-to-head with Kilmer’s Iceman as they competed to be “top gun” a.k.a. Maverick was the best pilot in class.
More than 30 years later, Cruise’s Maverick will return to his old stomping grounds in Top Gun: Maverick to train the newest Top Gun recruits, including Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), who is the son of his late friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Edwards).
“Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears,” the film’s official synopsis reads. “Culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.”
Fans had to wait for the sequel to come out for four years. Glen PowellAfter wrapping filming a year earlier, Hangman, a student, teased the final product in August 2020.
“Tom and I talked after I watched it, and I told him! I was like, ‘I literally have no more fingernails left. I’ve chewed off all of my fingernails.’ … You cry, you laugh. It’s got adventure. It’s got romance,” the Texas native, 33, exclusively told Us WeeklyIt was at the time. “It’s just like one of those movies, where you’re like, ‘Oh, God, why can’t all movies be this fun and great?’ It’s so rare.”
The Scream QueensAn alum admitted that he had shed a few tears while watching the movie. “It was a manly cry!” Powell said with a laugh. “There were tears but they were dry and salty, you know!”
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