New “Top Gun: Maverick” Teaser Highlights Intense Aerial Action

How intense is the aerial action in Top Gun: Maverick? The Tom Cruise-led action-epic, which sees Cruise return to the role that made him an international superstar in 1986, deployed real Navy aviators and jets to capture the thrilling flying sequences. In a new teaser released by Paramount Pictures, some of that aerial insanity is on full display.

“Much like the first film, these are going to be real jets and real U.S. Naval aviators flying in these scenes,” Naval Air Forces spokesman Commander Ronald Flanders told The Credits back in 2018. “We’re excited about it.”

As we wrote back then, Top Gun: Maverick “underwent a lengthy approval process to obtain a production assistance agreement that outlines how the Navy will support the film.” This netted the use of real planes, the latest technology, and filming on a few Navy locations, to boot.

Top Gun: Maverick filmed at two locations under provisional agreements with the Navy: the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and Naval Air Station North Island, in San Diego. The new teaser shows off some of the flight sequences which will be even more high-tech, high-stakes, and realistic than the first film. That is because, of course, a lot of what you’ll be seeing is real.

The story in Top Gun: Maverick finds Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) returning to the Navy to teach the best of the best from the Top Gun class before they take on a specialized mission “the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen.” One of those pilots has a deep, personal connection to Maverick—his name is Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend Lt. Nick Bradshaw, better known as “Goose” (Anthony Edwards), whose tragic death in the original Top Gun haunted Maverick. In the new film, Maverick will be forced to come face-to-face with that tragedy when Rooster becomes one of his brashest students.

Top Gun: Maverick comes from director Joseph Kosinski, based on a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Cruise’s longtime Mission: Impossible collaborator Christopher McQuarrie.

Top Gun: Maverick zooms into theaters on May 27.

For more on Top Gun: Maverick, check out these stories:

New “Top Gun: Maverick” Trailer Sees Tom Cruise Back in the Danger Zone

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

Real Navy Jets and Aviators Will Satiate Top Gun: Maverick‘s Need for Speed

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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