'Top Gun' sequel's filming delayed as Tom Cruise learns to fly fighter jets to make stunts look realistic
The lead actor's decision to perfect his stunts and learn how to fly jets could mean a possible halt in production for months
According to a new report, actor Tom Cruise has been delaying the shooting of the hugely anticipated 'Top Gun' sequel, just so he can master a new skill — piloting fighter jets. The actor has been spending all his time and energy in learning how to fly the jets in order to ensure his stunts in the new movie look as realistic as possible.
According to the Sun, the lead actor's decision to perfect his stunts and learn how to fly jets could mean a possible halt in production for months.
Cruise, who is set to reprise his role as Maverick for the upcoming sequel to the 1986 movie, has always been considered notoriously daring, especially when it comes to performing his own stunts for movies.
The actor has been known to scale the 2,700ft Burj Khalifa in Dubai for 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and performing a high altitude, low opening jump out of a plane for 'Fallout', according to reports.
For his latest project, the actor, who already is in possession of a pilot's license, wants to make absolutely sure that his stunts in the movie look as realistic as possible. An insider close to Cruise said, "He already has a license to fly planes but isn't qualified to fly fighter jets, which he's now learning to do."
The same insider added, "He won't film all the flight sequences — it's too dangerous — but he will fly some, making him the first actor in cinema history to do so. The producers would prefer not to put their leading man, not to mention their whole film, at risk. They also wouldn't choose to have their long-awaited sequel delayed nearly a year, but despite the huge insurance costs they are willing to do what it takes to ensure Tom is happy."
Back in 2017, Cruise had to halt the filming of 'Mission Impossible 6' for seven whole weeks after he broke his ankle in a freak accident while jumping from a London building. At the time, his co-star Ving Rhames said at the movie's release that maybe, just maybe, the actor and Hollywood icon was probably getting a little too old for his own stunts.
With this new delay in schedule, 'Top Gun: Maverick' is now slated for a June 26, 2020 release, as opposed to the earlier date of July 12, 2019. Reports also suggest that Cruise's character Maverick will be a Top Gun flight instructor in the sequel, and will serve as a mentor to Goose's son.
The sequel is being directed by Joseph Kosinski of 'TRON: Legacy' fame, according to reports. Unfortunately, Tony Scott, who directed the original, was going to helm the sequel but he committed suicide in 2012 just as production talks were beginning.