Tom Cruise has made a career out of playing iconic, larger-than-life characters from Ethan Hunt to Jerry Maguire, Charlie Babbitt and Jack Reacher. But there’s one role on his vast resume that he’s about to revisit and we cannot wait. Maverick, aka Pete Mitchell’s callsign from the 1986 movie Top Gun, is back and ready to take flight.
Tom Cruise surprised the crowds at Comic-Con on Thursday to personally debut the first teaser trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, which followed the panel for the upcoming Terminator sequel. And like most of Tom’s other movies, all the action is as genuine as it gets, with Cruise telling the audience, “Everything you see here is for real,” adding that the film is, once again, about flyboy competition and is basically a love letter to aviation, something Cruise himself is passionate about.
In the movie, which takes place 34 years after the original, Maverick is the new flight instructor of the Top Gun school, and guides Goose’s son, Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller) as he tries to follow in his father’s footsteps. The footage we’re treated to in the trailer includes some nods to the first flick, like Maverick’s iconic bomber and Ray-Bans, that cocky grin as he rides his motorcycle alongside a fighter jet, and a new generation of pilots singing in a bar and playing a sweaty game of volleyball, of course.
In one scene, we get a little insight into why Maverick seemingly hasn’t changed when he is confronted by a high-ranking officer (Ed Harris), who wonders why Mav still chooses to be a captain when he could easily be a two-star admiral. “The end is inevitable Maverick, your kind is headed for extinction,” he warns, to which Maverick replies, “Maybe so, sir, but not today.”
The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, and Val Kilmer, who will be reprising his role as Iceman, now a commander.
Aside from the trailer, Cruise took to Instagram to also share the new poster for the movie, which is set for a June 26, 2020 release.
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The actor first revealed in May 2018 that the highly-anticipated sequel was a go and the image and the three words, “Feel the need” over Tom in his flight gear looking at a fighter jet in the background, couldn’t have been more perfect.
And now, we wait. Only 11 more months. We got this. That lovin’ feeling isn’t going anywhere.