If things had gone according to plan, we would have seen Top Gun: Maverick in theatres last month, but just as all the other films that were scheduled this Spring and Summer, it was bumped back. Now we will see it this Christmas. But while we wait, the film’s director, Joseph Kosinski, opened up about the movie’s title character, famously played by Tom Cruise, and the path that has led him to the events of the sequel since we left off with him in the original story.
Talking to Empire, Kosinski said Cruise’s Maverick has had a difficult life since we last say him, saying:
“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.”
Cruise’s character takes on the role of teacher and trainer in the film, with one of his students being “Rooster”, played by Miles Teller, the son of Maverick’s best friend Goose, who died in the first film. The new character resents Maverick and feels he is responsible for his father’s death, making the reunion a heavy and difficult task for the character.
Here’s the full synopsis:
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.
We got to see some footage from the film last year at Comic-Con, and it took my breath away. It’s so incredible to see the real stunts they accomplished, and the fact that Cruise did it all himself just makes it that much more amazing!
Top Gun: Maverick flies into theatres on December 23rd. Are you looking forward to it?