Top Gun: Maverick delayed a year

Top Gun: Maverick delayed a year

0 comments 📅30 August 2018, 12:38

Paramount Pictures has pushed the Top Gun 2 release date back by a full year, opting to release the sequel on June 26, 2020 instead of its originally planned July 12, 2019.

Pre-shoots took place this past May, before Tom Cruise went off to promote Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Principal photography is now about to get underway as casting has heated up, but hitting that July 2019 release date would have been a bit difficult given the technical nature of the shoot.

According to Variety, the move is being made to allow the production time to create “incredible” flight sequences so the film can be truly awesome.

Is Cruise taking 12 months to train as a stunt pilot in the F-18 Super Hornet? He did the helicopter stunt flying in Mission: Impossible after all.

Top Gun: Maverick reteams Cruise with Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski on the movie, which has been in development for years. Originally, Top Gun director Tony Scott was going to reprise his director duties. When Scott died, the future of the project was unclear for a bit, but clearly Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were passionate about getting Top Gun 2 made.

Kosinski and Cruise

We still don’t know too much about the story of the sequel, other than the fact that Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is now an instructor at a flight academy. Miles Teller won the hotly contested role of Goose’s son, but Glen Powell (The Expendables 3, Sand Castle) so impressed Cruise and producers that they found a different role for him to play in the film. Val Kilmer is due to reprise his duties as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, while Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and even Jon Hamm round out the ensemble.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jennifer Connelly might play the love interest as she was in early talks to play the film’s female lead – a single mother who runs a local bar near the Navy base.

It’s likely that the plot will be an ode to the end of the days of dogfighting as drone warfare takes over. This idea dates back to something Scott once said: “This world fascinated me, because it’s so different from what it was originally. But I don’t want to do a remake. I don’t want to do a reinvention. I want to do a new movie.”

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