It’s been nearly thirty-five years since the release of TOP GUN, but Tom Cruise will once again be stepping into the shoes of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell for TOP GUN: MAVERICK. The sequel, which has been helmed by Joseph Kosinski, finds Maverick still pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot who finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a special mission; among the recruits is Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick’s late friend, Goose.
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In so many ways he’s still the guy that we remember from the first Top Gun. He keeps that old Ninja under a tarp in the hangar and still wears those Ray-Ban aviators. He’s the best at what he does, and he’s given his whole life to aviation. But that has come as a personal cost, and Maverick has to confront some things from his past and reconcile with them. It’s a rite-of-passage story, much like the first film was. But this is a man now at a different stage of life life.
In addition to Tom Cruise and Miles Teller, TOP GUN: MAVERICK also stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer, who will be reprising his role of Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. Toss in some action-packed flight sequences, which Kosinski said will offer an “authentic, visceral, intense experience,” and we’ve got the makings of something special.
The official synopsis for TOP GUN: MAVERICK:
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK is set to hit theaters on December 23, 2020.