Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 film Top Gun. It is an American action drama film that is set to premiere in July 2021. Top Gun: Maverick, tells the story of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, one of the United States Navy’s top aviators. The first part of the film was released in 1986, in which Tom Cruise played the role of Pete Mitchell. He is playing Pete’s role in its sequel too.
Tom Cruise will reprise his previous role from Top Gun (1986), along with Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris Lewis Pullman, and Val Kilmer. The film’s story is co-written by Justin Marks and Peter Craigs, whereas the screenplay is written by Ehren Kruger, Christopher McQuarrie, and Eric Warren.
Production Company: Skydance Media, New Republic Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, TC Productions, Tencent Pictures
Producer(s): Tom Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison
Director(s): Joseph Kosinski
Genre: Action, Drama
Release Date: July 2, 2021
Top Gun: Maverick was supposed to be released on July 12, 2019, but it was pushed back to “allow the production to work out all of the complicated flight scenes.” Then it was supposed to be released in 2020, but owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and scheduling problems, the release was further postponed. It is announced now that on July 2, 2021, Paramount Pictures will release Top Gun: Maverick in theatres throughout the United States and Canada. 45 days after its theatrical release it will also be available on Paramount+.
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Plot of Top Gun Maverick (2021)
After years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, he manages to push the envelope. When preparing a new squad of graduates for a risky mission that requires the ultimate sacrifice, he must soon face the past.
Pete Mitchell is where he belongs after more than thirty years as one of the Navy’s best aviators, pushing the limits as a brave test pilot while preventing the promotion in rank that would ground him.
Development of Top Gun: Maverick
The film’s development began in 2010 when Paramount Pictures offered Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott the opportunity to make a sequel to Top Gun. Christopher McQuarrie had also been approached to write the script for the sequel, which was said to feature Cruise’s character Maverick in a minor role. “This world intrigued me because it’s so different from what it was originally,” Scott said when asked about his idea for a new Top Gun film. “But I’m not interested in doing a remake. I don’t want to reinvent myself. I’d like to make a new film”. The sequel’s future remained uncertain following Scott’s suicide, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer remained committed to the project, particularly because of Cruise and Kilmer’s interest.
In June 2017, Cruise announced that the sequel’s title will be Top Gun: Maverick, with composer Harold Faltermeyer returning. Cruise went on to say that “The need for speed has brought back aviators. We’ll have a lot of tall, fast machines. It’ll be a competition film, like the first, but it’ll be a step forward for Maverick.” The film’s director, Joseph Kosinski, was announced later that month, but no title was officially confirmed.
The film’s preliminary development began on May 30, 2018, in San Diego, California. A 15-person film crew from Paramount and Bruckheimer Films shot flight deck operations on board the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in late August. Cruise and the production team were seen onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt at NAS North Island in mid-February 2019. Filming on NAS Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington, was completed in March. Principal photography in San Diego, California, Lemoore, California, China Lake, California, Lake Tahoe, California, Seattle, Washington, and Patuxent River, Maryland was scheduled until April 15, 2019. The film was shot on IMAX-certified Sony Venice 6K Full Frame cameras in IMAX format. In an interview on June 19, 2019, Miles Teller announced that he had finished filming two days prior.
On June 19, 2019, attendees at CineEurope in Barcelona were able to see some early clips from the film from a special Paramount screening for the first time. Mark Viane, President of International Theatrical Distribution, and Mary Daily, Co-President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, both wore flight suits during the presentation.
Amazing Facts about Top Gun: Maverick
- In the movie, an actual Navy carrier was used to film the scenes. The cast and crew said that it was an awesome experience.
- The U.S Navy calls the first part of Top Gun, its greatest recruiting tool ever.
- The Bleeding-edge technology was used in Top Gun: Maverick, which allowed the actors to film their jet scenes in flight.
- Tom Cruise made certain that the young actors/aviators got a taste of real training. Cruise is more than just the leading man in “Top Gun: Maverick.” He’s also a producer who is obsessed with realism, ensuring that the cast got a taste of real Navy training.
- When it came to flying the fighter jets for the movie, Cruise and the other actors had a little support from some seasoned Navy pilots. Those working on “Top Gun” contacted the Navy in search of pilots who could fly the F-14 in the movie. Four real-life Navy pilots were selected to fly the fighter jets for the film.
- The film is based on the real-life US Navy Fighter Weapons Academy, or TOPGUN, which was formerly based at San Diego’s Miramar Naval Air Station.
- Kelly McGillis’ character from the first film is based on Christine Fox, a tall, blonde, leggy woman with a penchant for clacking high heels who, like McGillis, is tall, blonde, leggy, and has a penchant for clacking high heels.
- Ray-Ban sales increased as a result of the first film Top Gun (1986). Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses saw a 40% rise in sales following the release of Top Gun.
- China tried to pass off Top Gun video as an Air Force training exercise in 2011.
- Matthew Modine turned down the part of Maverick in the first film because he didn’t like the script’s Cold War politics.
- In the first film, when flying in fighter jets, Anthony Edwards was the only one of the actors who did not vomit. Even Tom Cruise vomited during the first training flight.
Tom Cruise; as Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, a flight instructor, and test pilot.
Jennifer Connelly; as Penny Benjamin, a single mother who runs a bar, she’s also a love interest of Maverick and a former admiral’s daughter.
Miles Teller; as lieutenant Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, Maverick’s late best friend and RIO Nick Bradshaw’s son, and a pilot trainee.
Glen Powell; as a pilot trainee “Hangman”.
Jon Hamm; as Vice Admiral Cyclone.
Lewis Pullman; as a pilot trainee, Bob.
Val Kilmer; as Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, a four-star admiral serving as Chief of Naval Operations, a former rival of Maverick.
Ed Harris; as Maverick’s superior, a Rear Admiral.
Monica Barbaro; as a pilot trainee, Phoenix.
Danny Ramirez; as “Fanboy” Payback’s WSO.
Charles Parnell; as Rear Admiral Warlock.
Bashir Salahuddin; as Coleman.
Manny Jacinto; as Fritz.
Jay Ellis; as Payback.
Lyliana Wray; as Penny’s daughter, Amelia Benjamin.
Jean Louisa Kelly; as Bradshaw’s widow and Rooster’s mother, Carole Bradshaw.
Greg Davis; as Coyote
Raymond Lee, Bob Stephenson, and Jake Picking.