Tom Cruise returns with 'Top Gun' sequel after 33 yrs, still manages to win hearts as Maverick
The sequel is set decades after the 1986 movie and features Miles Teller as the son of Anthony Edwards's character Goose.
The 57-year-old reprises his role as a hotshot fighter pilot, ready to roar back into action, after a hiatus of 33 years, and having to deal with issues of drone technology and fifth-generation fighters. Cruise, who referred to the 1986 sequel to 'Top Gun' as “a love letter to aviation” at the event, has some on-screen help from Jon Hamm and Jennifer Connelly.
The trailer has all the elements - thrill, drama, action and humour, and the RayBan aviators that Cruise popularised - to lure the film's old and new fans. Cruise took to Twitter to share the trailer, with a cryptic "Maverick is back. #TopGun" update.
Maverick is back. #TopGun https://t.co/8ZDeE5h6fs— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) 1563478550000
The sequel is set decades after the 1986 movie and features actor Miles Teller as the son of Anthony Edwards' pilot Goose, who is killed during a training exercise in the first movie. The 2-minutes 12 seconds trailer opens with stunning visuals of Cruise's character Maverick returning to the cockpit, speeding over salt flats.
"30 plus years of service, combat metals, citations - only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last 40 years. Yet you can't get a promotion, you won't retire and despite your best efforts, you refuse to die," says a high-ranking official, played by Ed Harris, in the trailer.
The trailer then moves seamlessly to a rousing montage where the action star puts on his leather jacket, aviator glasses and rides his high-powered Kawasaki Ninja H2R motorcycle.
Like the original film, the trailer also has a bar scene, some fighting, a funeral, and a love interest played by Jennifer Connelly. The trailer paints Maverick as something like a dinosaur, unwilling to progress up the ranks and, according to his senior, played by actor Ed Harris, facing "extinction".
"You're a dinosaur. Your kind is heading for extinction," Harris added, hinting at the military's move to drone-based remotely controlled craft. But Cruise doesn't bend and responds, "Maybe so, sir. But not today."
The sequel, which has been in the works since 2010, is being directed by Joseph Kosinski who previously worked with Cruise in the sci-fi adventure 'Oblivion'. Apart from Cruise, the film also has Miles Teller playing Bradley Bradshaw who is the son of Anthony Edwards's character Goose, and Lewis Pullman, Val Kilmer (who returns as Iceman), Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez and Monica Barbaro.
Kosinski directed the film, from a script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first movie with the late Don Simpson, also produced the upcoming film with Cruise and Skydance CEO David Ellison.