'Top Gun: Maverick': 5 things to know about sequel to iconic 1986 movie starring Tom Cruise

The movie sees Tom Cruise reprising the role of Pete "Maverick" Mitchell thirty-six years after the original 'Top Gun' movie released

                            'Top Gun: Maverick': 5 things to know about sequel to iconic 1986 movie starring Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in 'Top Gun: Maverick' (Paramount)

‘I feel the need, the need for speed’ said Tom Cruise’s character in the 1986 hit movie ‘Top Gun’ which took the world by storm because of its thrilling aerial sequences. Even though it received mixed reviews, the movie was a success at the box office and made more than $356 million globally. Fans have been asking for Cruise to come out with another ‘Top Gun’ movie for more than two decades and the superstar finally heard their voices in 2017 when he announced that a second movie is arriving soon. It’s 2022 now and we are finally just a few weeks away from ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, a sequel to the original 1986 movie.

The movie will primarily focus on Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) and how he has dodged an advancement in rank after thirty-six years in service. However, things change when he is given the task to train a group ‘Top Gun’ graduates, which also includes the son of Maverick's late best friend Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards).


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The movie had its premiere for a limited number of critics at this year’s CinemaCon and garnered a lot of praise. It will also have a screening at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18. Here’s everything you need to know about the highly anticipated sequel.

A still from 'Top Gun: Maverick' (Paramount)


When does ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ release and where can you watch it

The sequel will be hitting theatres on Friday, May 27 and unfortunately, it won’t be available on any streaming services. As per reports, Netflix and Apple TV+ tried to purchase distribution rights to the movie, but Paramount denied the requests because Jerry Bruckheimer believed that the movie has to be seen on the biggest screen possible.

What is ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ all about

The official synopsis reads, “After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of TOP GUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it."

Miles Teller as Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw and Monica Barbaro as Lieutenant Natasha "Phoenix" Trace in 'Top Gun: Maverick' (Paramount)

Who stars in the Paramount movie

As expected, the movie is stacked with extraordinary actors. Legendary Tom Cruise has come back to portray the character of Maverick while Val Kilmer will be reprising the role of Iceman. Meanwhile, Jennifer Connelly will be playing Penny Benjamin, Maverick’s new love interest.

Tom Cruise

Cruise is undoubtedly one of the most influential celebrities of this generation and has given numerous stellar performances. He began his career in the early 1980s and got a  breakthrough with leading roles in the comedy film ‘Risky Business’ (1983) and action drama film ‘Top Gun’ (1986). Since then, the superstar has been a part of various high-end ventures such as ‘Born on the Fourth of July’, ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise, ‘Collateral’, ‘War of the Worlds’, ‘Valkyrie’, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, ‘American Made’ and more.


He has won 3 Golden Globes and has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards as well. Other actors to feature in the movie include Miles Teller (Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw), Jon Hamm (Vice Admiral “Cyclone”), Glen Powell (Lieutenant "Hangman" Seresin), Monica Barbaro (Lieutenant Natasha "Phoenix" Trace), Jay Ellis (Lieutenant Reuben "Payback" Fitch), and Ed Harris (Rear Admiral).


Based on Characters Created by Jim Cash & Jack Epps Jr, the movie is directed by Joseph Kosinski. The story has been written by Peter Craig and Justin Marks while the screenplay has been penned by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie.

Jerry Bruckheimer attends the Global Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" on May 04, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, and David Ellison are producers. On the other hand, Tommy Harper, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Chad Oman, and Mike Stenson serve as executive producers of the movie.


The trailer is filled with enthralling aerial sequences. It also shows how a group of new recruits gets a taste of Maverick’s training style. You should also check out the 8-minute featurette where you can see what kind of training actors went through to fly fighter jets.

You can watch the trailer here.


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