Tom Cruise Breaks the Hard Deck in New Top Gun: Maverick Trailer

We’ve now got the official trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, which sees Tom Cruise return to the role that made him a household name—for good—back in 1986. Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski from a script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Eric Warren Singer, and one of Cruise’s most trusted collaborators, Mission: Impossible Fallout writer/director Christopher McQuarrie.

It’s been some 33-years since we’ve seen Tom Cruise’s Maverick in his flight suit. In the original, Mav was a hotshot pilot with a penchant for breaking rules during his training at Topgun, the Naval Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar. That movie was an international smash hit, making Cruise a superstar in the process. He was hardly the only bright light in the film; his co-stars included Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Anthony Edwards, and Kelly McGillis.

In Maverick, the titular flyboy is now an instructor himself, teaching the next generation of hotshot pilots how to stay alive at Mach 4. Those pilots include someone connected to Cruise’s past—Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick’s late friend and former co-pilot Goose (Anthony Edwards). Goose died in Top Gun thanks in an accident Maverick carries tremendous guilt over.

Joining Teller is a solid roster of stars—Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and, yes, Val Kilmer, who’s back as Iceman, Maverick’s rival/wingman (although he’d debate this). The trailer gives us just enough high-octane action to whet the appetites of those too young to have Maverick and his mid-air shenanigans firmly imprinted on their brains.

Top Gun: Maverick will also benefit from its use of cutting-edge technology, including some of the Navy’s most technologically advanced fighter jets. We spoke to Naval Air Forces spokesman Commander Ronald Flanders, who told us, “Much like the first film, these are going to be real jets and real U.S. Naval aviators flying in these scenes. We’re excited about it.” Flanders added that the film “captured the most advanced carrier aircraft.” This included aircraft that the Navy is just beginning to put into action. All of which meant that Top Gun: Maverick is essentially filming the future.

Top Gun: Maverick opens on June 26, 2020. Check out the trailer below:

Featured image: Tom Cruise plays Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Credit: Scott Garfield. © 2019 Paramount Pictures Corporation.


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