Top Gun Maverick is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2020. The long-awaited sequel to the 1986 classic Top Gun, the film stars Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a now-veteran Navy pilot who is tasked with training a new generation of fighter pilots.
While details about the plot of the film have been largely kept under wraps, we do know that it will feature some familiar faces, including Val Kilmer as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky and Kelly McGillis as Charlie Blackwood. Additionally, Ed Harris, Miles Teller, and Jennifer Connelly are set to appear in the film in unspecified roles.
With filming having wrapped and the release date fast approaching, here are five secrets about Top Gun Maverick that we’ve been able to uncover.
1. The film will feature some jaw-dropping aerial sequences
While the original Top Gun was renowned for its incredible flying sequences, it seems that the sequel will be taking things to the next level. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that there are “about eight major set pieces” in the film, including “a dogfight sequence that is so realistic and so well done.”
2. The script was partially inspired by true events
While Top Gun Maverick is very much a work of fiction, screenwriter Peter Craig has said that the film was partially inspired by true events. In particular, Craig drew inspiration from a 2004 incident in which two F-14 Tomcats from the U.S. Navy’s Top Gun school collided in mid-air, resulting in the death of one pilot and the ejection of the other.
3. The film will have a more serious tone than the original
While the original Top Gun was very much a light-hearted action movie, it seems that the sequel will be taking a more serious approach. In an interview with Collider, Bruckheimer said that the film will be “a bit more adult” than its predecessor, and that it will deal with “the end of an era of fighter pilots and what it is today with drones and everybody sitting in an office.”
4. Cruise performed many of his own stunts
Unsurprisingly, Tom Cruise is no stranger to performing his own stunts, and it seems that he has taken things to the next level for Top Gun Maverick. In an interview with Empire, Bruckheimer revealed that Cruise did “a lot” of his own flying in the film, including some “pretty complicated sequences.”
5. The film will feature a new love interest for Maverick
While we don’t know much about the plot of Top Gun Maverick, it seems that one element that will be present is a new love interest for Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that there is a “new romantic interest” for Maverick in the form of a female pilot played by Jennifer Connelly.