Welcome back to the Danger Zone.
Thirty four years ago, Tom Cruise's Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell was a hotshot Navy aviator. Today, he’s back as an instructor at Top Gun, or Fighter Weapons School, the US Navy’s elite school for the top one per cent of its pilots.
“His exploits are legendary,” as one character introduces Maverick in the just-dropped trailer of the Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 classic. “What he has to teach you may very well mean the difference between life and death.”
If you know your Top Gun history, Maverick is now the Viper (if you don't know the reference, go ask your father) to a new generation of hotshot Navy aviators, including Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his late pal Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, played by Anthony Edwards in the original. (Junior even inherited his pop's 'stache!)
It looks like the sequel, directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion), will feature plenty of moments fans of the first movie might find familiar: the Harold Faltermeyer theme, beach volleyball, bar singing, bomber jackets and Ray-ban sunglasses, and aerial dog fights (duh) where Maverick’s ego is writing checks his body can’t cash.
The cast also includes Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Monica Barbaro (Chicago PD), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), and Glen Powell (Set It Up). Val Kilmer will reprise his role as Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky.
Top Gun: Maverick opens in cinemas Jun 25, 2020.
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