He’s still got a need for speed.
Tom Cruise returns to one of his most iconic roles in the new trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, which sees the seemingly fearless actor do some insane flying as the same rebellious fighter pilot he played over three decades earlier.
This is the first full trailer for the film, which released a teaser at SDCC this year – and both show that, unsurprisingly, the sequel will still focus primarily on Cruise’s Maverick. When the film was initially announced, many believed that Cruise would be playing a supporting role beside Miles Teller’s “Rooster” however it seems that whether Rooster will play a key role in the story or not, this is still very much Cruise’s film.
The trailer also throws in a few not-so-subtle homages to the original, including another beach volleyball game, another group singalong in a bar, and even another flyby.
The film’s 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.”
One thing we didn’t see in this trailer, however, was an appearance from Val Kilmer, who we know is also returning to his original role of Iceman. So, it remains to be seen whether Iceman is coming back in any significant way, or whether he will merely pop in for a cameo.
Top Gun: Maverick is set for release on June 26th 2020 in the US, and July 17th in the UK.