Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise says there won’t be another movie like it. First developed in 2010, the long-awaited followup will see Cruise returning to the role he made famous in the 1986 film. Val Kilmer is also back as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, with the occasionally contentious relationship between Maverick and Iceman factoring into the plot of the sequel. The cast of Top Gun 2 also features newcomers like Miles Teller, Glen Powell, and Manny Jacinto.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, with credit for the screenplay shared between Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie, Top Gun: Maverick will pick up with Pete Maverick Mitchell having 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators under his belt. Pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot, in favor of career advancement that would ground him, Maverick finds himself training a group of Top Gun graduates for a highly uncommon specialized mission.
Through featurettes, Cruise and the rest of the sequel’s cast have been seen inside the cockpit of several planes performing aerial aerobics. In the new issue of Empire, Cruise and megaproducer Jerry Bruckheimer discuss the creative process that went into making Top Gun 2. Cruise also shed some light on his refusal to rely on CGI and why he believes there may not ever be aerial sequence shots like the ones seen in the upcoming sequel.