For a time it had seemed as if the plans for making a sequel to Paramount Pictures’ 1986 blockbuster (and Tom Cruise starrer) “Top Gun” would remain little more than talk. But after years of obstacles (particularly the 2012 suicide of original director Tony Scott) since serious discussion of a follow-up began in 2010, Paramount finally revealed “Top Gun: Maverick” in 2017, with an actual trailer debuting at the San Diego Comic Con this past July. Seeing Cruise’s character, Naval Aviator “Maverick,” as an older and wiser but irreverent veteran was a major treat. Now, more of his circumstances are revealed in a new preview.
Vanity Fair tells us that a second trailer for Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” was released just this Monday, December 16. In a cute cue, the preview sort of starts where the initial one left off, with a shot of the F-14 Tomcat, the aircraft used in the original film and now long-retired, flying over a snowy mountain range. The starting voiceover is a contrast to the scathing assessment of Ed Harris’ rear admiral character on the now fifty-something Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise). This time, it is an instructor from the US Navy’s Top Gun aviator school introducing Maverick as the program’s best graduate.
Mitchell has pointedly kept his naval rank no higher than a Captain in all his years of service, to keep his flying duties and avoid being grounded with a desk job. Now he finds himself instructing a new batch of Top Gun cadets, one of whom is Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s departed RIO, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Rooster seems to have a bone to pick with Maverick too, which would factor into Mitchell’s own conflict with the ghosts from his past and the inevitable end to his career.
Much like the original “Top Gun” directed by Tony Scott and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, “Top Gun: Maverick” really pulls out the stops in real-filed aircraft footage, showcasing actual maneuvers and Tom Cruise enduring the G-forces in the cockpit of the F/A-18 Hornet, the primary aircraft of this film. There was however a cheeky tease of Maverick and a worthy Top Gun pilot flying what appears to be the allegedly fictional hypersonic recon aircraft that was supposed to replace the SR-71 Blackbird, codenamed Project Aurora.
Cruise, Ed Harris and Miles Teller are joined in the cast by Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Monica Barbaro, Danny Ramirez, and Val Kilmer as Mitchell’s old Top Gun rival (now-Vice Admiral) Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. “Top Gun: Maverick” from Paramount premieres next year on June 2020.
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