Top Gun: Maverick

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Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun Maverick poster.png
Teaser image
Directed byJoseph Kosinski
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onCharacters
by Jim Cash
Jack Epps Jr.
Music by
CinematographyClaudio Miranda[2]
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 26, 2020 (2020-06-26) (United States)
CountryUnited States
Budget$99 million[4]

Top Gun: Maverick is an upcoming American action drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski with a screenplay written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz. It is the sequel to Top Gun (1986), intended to be the second installment in the Top Gun film series, and features Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprising their roles from the first film, with Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris joining the cast. It will be released on June 26, 2020 by Paramount Pictures.


Additionally, Jack Schumacher, Greg Tarzan Davis, Jake Picking, Raymond Lee, Jean Louisa Kelly, Lyiana Wray, and Chelsea Harris have been cast in undisclosed roles.



Development of the film began in 2010 when Paramount Pictures made offers to Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott to make a sequel to Top Gun. Christopher McQuarrie had also received an offer to write the sequel's screenplay, which was rumored to have Cruise's character Maverick in a smaller role.[5] Ultimately, Peter Craig,[6] Justin Marks,[7] who described the film as a dream project,[8] Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz[9] would be credited as screenwriters on the project.

When asked about his idea for a new Top Gun film, Scott replied, "This world fascinated me, because it's so different from what it was originally. But I don't want to do a remake. I don't want to do a reinvention. I want to do a new movie."[10] The film will reportedly focus on the end of the dog fighting era[7] and the role of drones in modern aerial warfare[6] and that Cruise's character, Maverick, will fly an F/A-18 Super Hornet.[11]

After Scott's suicide, the sequel's future remained in question. However, producer Jerry Bruckheimer remained committed to the project, especially given Cruise's and Kilmer's interest.[12][13]

In June 2017, Cruise revealed that the title would be Top Gun: Maverick, with Harold Faltermeyer returning as composer for the sequel. Cruise further stated that, “Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one…but a progression for Maverick.”[14] Later the same month, it was confirmed that the film would be directed by Joseph Kosinski, while no title was officially confirmed.[15][16]

Musician Kenny Loggins has confirmed that his iconic song "Danger Zone" will be featured in the film.[17]

In October 2018, it was reported that Hans Zimmer would also compose for the film alongside Harold Faltermeyer.[18]


Val Kilmer had campaigned on his social media page that he would like to reprise his role in the film,[19] and by June 2018, The Wrap reported that he will appear in the film.[20]

In July 2018, Miles Teller was cast in the role of Goose’s son, beating out the likes of Nicholas Hoult and Glen Powell. All three were flown to the home of Tom Cruise, the star of the film, for chemistry tests.[21] Later that month, Jennifer Connelly joined the film's cast to play a single mother, running a local bar near the Navy base.[22][23] In August 2018, Powell joined the cast of the film in a pilot trainee role beefed up for him, having impressed star Tom Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as executives at Paramount Pictures and Skydance, with his auditions.[24] That same month, Monica Barbaro, Thomasin McKenzie, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm and Lewis Pullman joined the cast of the film with Barbaro, Ellis, and Ramirez portraying pilot trainees and McKenzie portraying Connelly’s daughter.[25][26][27] In September 2018, Manny Jacinto joined the cast of the film.[28] In October 2018, Kara Wang, Jack Schumacher, Greg Tarzan Davis, Jake Picking, Raymond Lee, Jean Louisa Kelly and Lyliana Wray joined the cast of the film.[29] Additionally, McKenzie was forced to drop out of the film after signing onto Lost Girls.[30] In November 2018, Chelsea Harris joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.[31]


Preliminary production on the film officially started on May 30, 2018 in San Diego, California.[32][33] During late August a 15-person film crew from Paramount and Bruckheimer Films were aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to shoot flight deck operations.[34][35]


Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released on June 26, 2020, by Paramount Pictures. It was originally scheduled to be released on July 12, 2019, but was moved back a year in August 2018.[36]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "'Top Gun: Maverick' Will Indeed Have Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Claudio Miranda". Omega Underground. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
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  4. ^ Film and Television Tax Credit Program Program 2.0 (PDF) (Report). California Film Commission. p. 9. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
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  9. ^ Chitwood, Adam (October 14, 2011). "Thor Scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz Set to Pen Top Gun 2". Collider. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
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  11. ^ Rich, Gillian (31 May 2018). "Boeing Super Hornet Appears To Be In 'Top Gun' Sequel Not Lockheed F-35". Investor's Business Daily. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
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  15. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (June 30, 2017). "Paramount Sets 'Top Gun 2' For July 2019; Joseph Kosinski Firmed For Tom Cruise Pic". Deadline. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  16. ^ McNary, Dave (June 30, 2017). "Tom Cruise's 'Top Gun' Sequel Gets July 2019 Release Date". Variety. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  17. ^ Colburn, Randall (June 7, 2018). "Kenny Loggins is recording a new version of "Danger Zone" for Top Gun: Maverick". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Top Gun 2 To Be Scored By Hans Zimmer". ScreenRant. 2018-10-21. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  19. ^ "Val Kilmer".
  20. ^ Gonzalez, Umberto; Donnelly, Matt (June 6, 2018). "Iceman Returneth: Val Kilmer to Return for 'Top Gun: Maverick'". TheWrap. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  21. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 3, 2018). "Miles Teller to Play Goose's Son in 'Top Gun: Maverick' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  22. ^ Kit, Borys (July 20, 2018). "Jennifer Connelly in Early Talks to Join Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
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  24. ^ Kit, Borys (August 1, 2018). "Glen Powell to Join Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun' Sequel After All (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  25. ^ ‘Unreal’s’ Monica Barbaro to Play Miles Teller’s Love Interest in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  26. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (August 21, 2018). "'Top Gun: Maverick' Casts Up Flight School Saga Around Tom Cruise". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  27. ^ Couch, Aaron (August 22, 2018). "'Top Gun' Sequel Adds Jon Hamm and Ed Harris". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  28. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 27, 2018). "'Top Gun: Maverick' Taps 'The Good Place's Manny Jacinto For Pilot Duty". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  29. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 2, 2018). "'Top Gun: Maverick' Sets Final Seven For Cast, Including Kara Wang As A Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  30. ^ Netflix's 'Lost Girls' Adds Thomasin McKenzie, Lola Kirke and Dean Winters
  31. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 28, 2018). "Bree Condon To Play Kimberly Guilfoyle In Jay Roach Fox News Film; Chelsea Harris Books 'Top Gun: Maverick'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  32. ^ Mitchell, Robert (31 May 2018). "Tom Cruise Shares First Look Photo as 'Top Gun 2' Begins Production". Variety. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  33. ^ Ong, Jermaine (May 31, 2018). "Top Gun 2: Tom Cruise shares photo on first day of production on 'Top Gun' sequel". 10News. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
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  35. ^ Filming for 'Top Gun' sequel taking place aboard USS Abraham Lincoln - Aug 21, 2018
  36. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (August 29, 2018). "'Top Gun: Maverick' Flies To Summer 2020 With 'A Quiet Place' Sequel & More: Paramount Release Date Changes". Deadline. Retrieved September 15, 2018.

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