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Get ready to feel the need for speed all over again. After years of rumors,
Top Gun 2
— which may or may not be titled
Top Gun: Maverick
—is officially hitting theaters in July 2019, and original star Tom Cruise is returning for the sequel. The latest casting news has
Hidden Figures
actor Glen Powell joining the cast of the film.

With the film scheduled to hit theaters July 12, 2019, here’s everything we know about theTop Gun sequel so far.

  • Title: Top Gun: Maverick
  • Release date:July 12, 2019
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly
  • Director:Joseph Kosinski

The cast


The film brings back original Top Gun starTom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the hotshot pilot character that helped make Cruise a superstar. He’ll reportedly be joined by Val Kilmer, reprising his role as Maverick’s rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.

In July,A Beautiful Mind actress Jennifer Connelly was reported to be in talks to play the female lead in the film. The Academy Award winner is expected to play a single mother who runs a local bar near the Naval base where the story is set.

As for the actor filling one of the film’s primary legacy roles,Whiplash actor Miles Teller will portraythe son of Maverick’s former wingman,Goose, who was played by Anthony Edwards in the first film. Teller andHidden Figures actor Glen Powell (who played astronaut John Glenn in the film) were the final two contenders for the role. Despite Teller winning the part, Powell’s audition reportedlyimpressed theTop Gun producers enough to earn him a different, unidentified role in the film.

There’s no word on which, if any, additional cast members from the 1986 film are planning to return for the sequel.

The story

Tom Cruise

Paramount Pictures isn’t revealing too many details about the sequel’s plot, but the story is rumored to explore the relationship between human pilots and unmanned drones in the modern military. Given the film’s working title,Top Gun: Maverick, it’s expected that Cruise’s pilot character will be at the center of the story — likely fighting to affirm the value of human pilots.

The director


The film will reunite Cruise with Obliviondirector Joseph Kosinski, who also directed 2010’sTRON: Legacy. Paramount Pictures confirmed Kosinski as the film’s director in a July 2017 announcement that also revealed the film’s July 2019 release date. Perhaps just as notably, the original film’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, is also behind the scenes for the sequel.

The music

Kenny Loggins is planning to record a new version of his songDanger Zone for theTop Gun sequel. The original film featured a memorable montage of flight clips set toDanger Zone, and Loggins indicated that he’s hoping to team up with a young rock musician or band to give the song new life in Top Gun: Maverick.


Tom Cruise Top Gun 2 Feel the Need

On May 31, Cruise posted a photo on Twitter from the first day of production on theTop Gunsequel.The photo features Cruise back in Maverick’s flight suit, with the superimposed tagline “Feel the Need” giving nostalgic fans exactly what they’re looking for.

Updated August 2 with casting news for Glen Powell.

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