Top Gun: Maverick release date | plot, cast, trailer


Do you feel the need? The need for speed? What about the need for a Top Gun sequel?

Well, good news if you answered yes to the above – Top Gun: Maverick will be landing in cinemas in 2020. This sequel to the 1986 US military drama which shot Tom Cruise to fame sees rivals Maverick and Iceman don their aviator glasses once more.

The film was first announced 30 years after the original had hits cinemas – but we’ve had to wait even longer to actually see the new movie… 34 years to be exact.

Maverick is centre stage again and he’s been busy. He’s now hung up his aviators (not literally we’d hope) and is set to share his top tips and tricks with the young recruits for a specialised mission.

Here’s everything you need to know about the journey into the “danger zone” and one of the biggest movies of 2020.

When is Top Gun: Maverick released in UK cinemas?

Top Gun: Maverick was set for release in cinemas on 23rd December 2020, but has now been put back to 2nd July 2021. 

Top Gun is another one of the films that has quite the journey to the cinema thanks to the pandemic.

The film was originally scheduled to be released on 12th July, 2019 but was then pushed back almost a year to 26th June 2020 – and then again to 17th July 2020. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the entertainment industry, the film was then pushed back to 23rd December 2020 before it was moved again to 2021.

This means that the sequel will come out more than 35 years after its predecessor. The initial delay was due to Paramount Pictures wanting additional time to present flight sequences with new planes and technology, say Variety.

Tom Cruise shared the initial news saying: “I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone.”

If you’re wondering what took so long, Cruise said that he doesn’t “make movies just to make movies.”

Filming took place from May 2018 to June 2019.

Is the original Top Gun cast returning?

Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer are returning to their roles as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell and Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky, with their developing relationship being one element of the new film.

Director Joseph Kosinski told Entertainment Weekly: “The rivalry and relationship between Iceman and Maverick is one of those things that makes that first film so iconic.”

“It’s a relationship that is important to the Top Gun franchise and as a fan I would want to see how it’s evolved.”

One original star who definitely won’t be back is Kelly McGillis who has confirmed she will not reprise her role as Maverick’s love interest Charlie.

Largely, Top Gun: Maverick will have a cast of new faces including Miles Teller (Whiplash) as the son of Goose from the first film and Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly as a new love interest (replacing Kelly McGillis). “Oh my God, no,” she replied when…

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