It has been more than 30 years since Top Gun premiered and people got obsessed with aviators and had the song Take My Breath Away stuck on repeat. It became one of the highest-grossing films of the 80s decade. Top Gun created an impact for the generations to come with its catchy theme, iconic volleyball scene and inspiring fans to become wannabe fighter pilots. The Library of Congress from the United States also selected ‘Top Gun’ for preservation within the National Film Registry as it found the film to have significance aesthetically, culturally and historically.
Well, buck up, Top Gun fans! Since a sequel is all set to release this year, in the month of December as Tom Cruise will return to the screen as Pete Mitchell. The film is titled ‘Top Gun 2: Maverick’.
Here are some facts we bet you didn’t know regarding the forthcoming sequel:
Tom Cruise signed up for the sequel only after this particular condition
The involvement of Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2, the protagonist from the first film depended upon the condition that the aerial sequences must be shot with actual aircraft and shouldn’t be created via CGI. Coincidentally, the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter which will be featured in the film belongs to Cruise. He is also a pilot in real life.
A new character, especially for Glenn Powell, got added in the film after he impressed the makers
Three actors were shortlisted to portray the role of Goose’s son in the film. Goose was Maverick’s Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in the first film. In order to make the final decision, the shortlisted actors, which included Nicholas Hoult, Miles Teller and Glenn Powell were flown out to Tom Cruise’s home for chemistry tests. Teller Beat both the actors to bag the role in Top Gun 2. However, Powell also managed to impress the makers and Cruise to such a level that a character specifically got written for him within the film.
The Film’s Release Has Been Delayed Twice
Top Gun: Maverick was originally supposed to release on 12 July 2019, the film got postponed and was suppose to release on 26 June 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic interfering with the entertainment industry, the film has finally been scheduled for a winter release i.e. on 23 December 2020.
Maverick’s New Love Interest
Kelly McGillis who portrayed Charlie Blackwood in the original movie won’t be reprising her role in the sequel. Jennifer Connelly (known for ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Requiem for a Dream) was made a part of the sequel instead. In an interview, McGillis revealed that she wasn’t asked to return to the silver screen for Top Gun 2. When asked as to why she thinks she wasn’t contacted she revealed that it’s probably because she looks “age-appropriate for what her age is”.
No Mike “Viper” Metcalf In The Sequel
Tom Skerritt, who was cast as ‘Viper’ in the original film won’t be featured in the upcoming film. Fans have speculated that it is highly likely that Viper retired or chances are that he must have been discharged dishonorably for revealing classified information to Maverick as per the first film. The third possibility is that Viper is probably dead in Top Gun 2.
Will the sequel be successful in pulling off the iconic status the original Top Gun created for itself? Turns out everyone will have to wait till December to find out. Stay Tuned to The Hollywood Tribune for latest updates on Top Gun 2: Maverick!