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Tom Cruise drops the first official photo for the ‘Top Gun’ sequel

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Get ready to feel the need for speed all over again. After years of rumors,Top Gun 2— which may or may not be titled Top Gun: Maverick —is officially hitting theaters in July 2019, and Tom Cruise isn’t the only person returning for the sequel. Movie soundtrack maestro Kenny Loggins might be headed back to the danger zone, too.

With the film scheduled to hit theaters July 12, 2019, here’s everything we know about theTop Gun sequel so far.

  • Title: Top Gun: Maverick
  • Release date:July 12, 2019
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer
  • Director:Joseph Kosinski

The cast

Tom-Cruise-Maverick-Val-Kilmer-Iceman

The film brings back original Top Gun starTom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the hotshot pilot character that helped make Cruise a superstar. He’ll reportedly be joined by Val Kilmer, reprising his role as Maverick’s rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.

There’s no word on which, if any, additional cast members from the 1986 film are planning to return for the sequel.

The story

Tom Cruise

Paramount Pictures isn’t revealing too many details about the sequel’s plot, but the story is rumored to explore the relationship between human pilots and unmanned drones in the modern military. Given the film’s working title,Top Gun: Maverick, it’s expected that Cruise’s pilot character will be at the center of the story — likely fighting to affirm the value of human pilots.

The director

Joseph-Kosinski

The film will reunite Cruise with Obliviondirector Joseph Kosinski, who also directed 2010’sTRON: Legacy. Paramount Pictures confirmed Kosinski as the film’s director in a July 2017 announcement that also revealed the film’s July 2019 release date. Perhaps just as notably, the original film’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, is also behind the scenes for the sequel.

The music

Kenny Loggins is planning to record a new version of his songDanger Zone for theTop Gun sequel. The original film featured a memorable montage of flight clips set toDanger Zone, and Loggins indicated that he’s hoping to team up with a young rock musician or band to give the song new life in Top Gun: Maverick.

Filming

Tom Cruise Top Gun 2 Feel the Need

On May 31, Cruise posted a photo on Twitter from the first day of production on theTop Gunsequel.The photo features Cruise back in Maverick’s flight suit, with the superimposed tagline “Feel The Need” giving nostalgic fans exactly what they’re looking for.

Updated June 19 with news regarding Kenny Loggins re-recording Danger Zone for the sequel.


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