Glen Powell joins Top Gun: Maverick in another role
After losing out the role of Goose’s son to Miles Teller, Glen Powell (Set It Up) has been cast in another part for Paramount’s Top Gun sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Powell will co-star alongside Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible Fallout), Teller (Bleed for This), Val Kilmer (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), and the recently announced Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind).
Top Gun: Maverick is said to be set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters along with exploring the end of the era of dogfighting.
Joseph Kosinski, who previously directed Cruise in Oblivion, will helm the sequel, with Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer penning the script. Although the title Top Gun: Maverick floated around briefly, the film is currently without an official title.
A follow-up to Tony Scott’s 1986 hit has been in the works for quite some time, with Tom Cruise interested in reprising his role as United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer previously outlined that the film will deal with the rise of unmanned drones and pilots becoming a thing of the past.
The original Top Gun was directed by Tony Scott and also starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Take My Breath Away” performed by Berlin. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Top Gun: Maverick is set to begin production at the beginning of September in San Diego with a July 12, 2019 release date.