The Need For Speed is Back; A First Look at ‘Top Gun 2: Maverick’
It's as if he stepped out of the past. Like 33 years ago in the past to be exact. Tom Cruise, at 57 years old, looks like time has stood still while flashing that smile and still rocking those Ray-Bans and that bomber jacket. Maverick is back.
"Top Gun 2: Maverick" isn't set to hit theaters until June 2020, but the trailer is here and if the first look is any indications, all the magic of the first movie is still there. The story will be set in the present day and will deal with Cruise’s Maverick and his fellow group of fighter pilots and how they adjust as modern technology starts changing their jobs.
Joining Cruise this time around will be a all new adrenaline filled cast except for one familiar face. Val Kilmer will be reprising his role as Maverick’s rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. Other names on board for the sequel are Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, and Miles Teller as the son of Goose who was played by Anthony Edwards in the first film. Many will remember from "Top Gun" the bromance between best friends Maverick and Nick "Goose" Bradshaw ended tragically, with Bradshaw dying after ejecting from their stalled jet. Maverick never got over it (we see a picture of Goose hanging in his locker in the trailer).
Adding to the nostalgic vibe of the film, Kenny Loggins is planning to record a new version of his song Danger Zone for the "Top Gun" sequel. Director Joseph Kosinski commented on the new "need for speed" flick and how it transitions saying, “The navy is very different now than it was in 1986.” Kosinski, who previously worked with Cruise on 2013 sci-fi pic “Oblivion" went on to say, “It’s just a different world now, so you can’t remake the first movie. It has to adapt, [but] I certainly want to re-create the experience of that movie, which gives you a front seat into the world of naval aviation and what it’s like to be in a fighter jet.”
"Top Gun 2: Maverick" may have some new faces, new jets, a new watering hole, and even a new love interest for Maverick, but rest assured the motorcycle, the shades and the attitude with a smile from the ageless Tom Cruise is back.