The long-awaited Top Gun sequel is moving forward, and one of the original cast members has been asked back. On his Facebook page, Val Kilmer has revealed that he said “yes” to Top Gun 2 without even looking at the script.
“I just got offered Top Gun 2,” wrote Kilmer. “Not often you get to say ‘yes’ without reading the script… We will all miss Tony Scott one of the kindest gentlemen I’ve ever met in the film biz, but let’s fire up some fighter jets again!!!”
The late Tony Scott directed the original Top Gun in 1986, and the film was one of Tom Cruise’s first blockbusters as a leading man. Cruise played Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, while Kilmer portrayed Ly. Tom “Iceman” Kazanski. In the film, Maverick and Iceman were rival Navy fighter pilots who attended the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School at NAS Miramar. However, the events of the movie forced Iceman and Maverick to fly side-by-side during the climatic aerial battle.
Cruise is reportedly interested in reprising his role as Maverick, who became a Top Gun instructor at the end of the film. Scott was also said to be up for Top Gun 2 before he committed suicide in 2012.
According to producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Top Gun 2 will examine the idea of fighter pilots being made obsolete by military drones. Considering Maverick’s status as a veteran pilot, Top Gun 2 will probably introduce a new generation of pilots flying under Maverick’s command that will prove the value of actual pilots in warfare.
Top Gun 2 doesn’t currently have a director or a release date. But, since Kilmer has received a formal offer for the sequel, the remaining details should come together quickly.
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