Val Kilmer to Return for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Danny Woods
June 8, 2018

The Wrap reports that Kilmer will return to the franchise to play Maverick's longtime rival in the upcoming sequel. The original film, directed by Tony Scott, featured Cruise as a young naval aviator Pete Maverick Mitchell aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. But it appears Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were passionate about getting Top Gun 2 off the ground regardless, and Cruise's Oblivion filmmaker Joseph Kosinski is in the director's chair. It also starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt in pivotal roles.

Kilmer was previously rumored to be joining the cast with a Facebook post writing, "not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script". After an enthusiastic response, however, the actor then added a cautionary note to his announcement that he may have "jumped the topgun" and that "being offered a role is very different from doing a role". Production on the long-in-the-works follow-up began last week, and Tom Cruise is back again in the lead role.

The sequel continues to follow fighter pilots in the academy, but in a world where drones are making the old style of flying obsolete. The highly anticipated followup to the 1986 blockbuster is scheduled to be released July 12, 2019.

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Production has kicked off, as Tom Cruise has given fans a look at the first image from the movie.

"Listen, it's an iconic character that [Cruise] helped create", the film's producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, told ET previous year.

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