Tom Cruise surprises Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con as the “Top Gun: Maverick” official trailer soars at the fan conference.
Tom Cruise has flipped on the jet engines for “Top Gun: Maverick,” surprising Comic-Con fans with an appearance Thursday and dropping the first exhilarating trailer.
The rocking trailer will evenÂ give critics, concerned aboutÂ a “Top Gun” sequel 33 years after the original, the need for speed.
Cruise, 57, looks as if he justÂ walked off the original, flashing that smile, still wearing those Ray-Bans and that bomber jacketÂ â€” and continuing his knack of chasing jets on his motorcycle (without those silly helmets, as we see in the trailer).
With our biggest trove of information, here’s what we know about “Maverick,” due out June 26, 2020.
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The flight footage is going to flat out kick butt
Jon Hamm, who clearly plays a hardened Naval officer by the stone cold looks in the trailer, was going nuts about the aerial footage Thursday, telling Collider it’s “mind-blowing.”
“And itâ€™s mostly practical. Thereâ€™s not a lot of CG,” HammÂ said. “Those guys are really up in planes and getting thrown around in multiple Gs.”
Cruise, known for his own incredible stunts, puts Captain Pete â€œMaverickâ€ Mitchell in the cockpit during the jet’s catapult launchÂ and shows impressive formation flying.
Amid the aerial splendors, thereÂ is also a glimpse of Maverick donning aÂ mysterious high altitude pressure suit, which raises the flying stakes.
Grizzled Ed Harris tells Maverick, now a flight instructor, thatÂ he’s a dying breed. “The end is inevitable, Maverick, your kind is headed for extinction.”
This isÂ perhaps an allusion to the reported drone theme meant to take humans out of flight warfare.
But Maverick responds “Maybe so, sir, but not today.”
Cruise callsÂ the sequelÂ “a love letter to aviation…I really wanted to give you all an experience of what itâ€™s like to be in that aircraft.”
Maverick will team up with Goose’s son, played by Miles Teller
“Top Gun” focused on risk-taking pilot Maverick and his family-oriented wingman, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards). TheÂ bromance ended tragically, with Bradshaw dying after ejecting from their stalled jet. Maverick never got over it (we see a picture of Goose hanging in his locker in the trailer).
We caught glimpses of Goose’s sonÂ in the firstÂ movie during theÂ “Great Balls of Fire” performance in the barbecue joint. Bradley’s all grown up now, played by Miles Teller, who beat out Glen Powell and Nicholas Hoult for the coveted gig.
In the trailer, we get a view of Teller bangingÂ the piano keys just like dad (we can guess the song) and in an argument with another trainee. Looks like he’s got Maverick’s temperament.
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The pilots are more diverse, with a female fighter pilot busting up the boy’s club
The all-white, all-male fight crew from the original is extinct. “Maverick” brings the first female pilot on board with “Chicago Justice” star Monica Barbaro.
Barbaro will also play the love interest to Miles Teller’s character, a pilot in training. We get a view of her donning the flight helmet in the trailer and a scene of the significantly more diverse cast.
Maverick may have a new love interest
We get a good look in the trailerÂ of Oscar-winnerÂ Jennifer Connelly, who will star alongside Cruise inÂ the female lead role. She’s described as a single momÂ who owns a bar near the base. Cruise confirmed the casting, promising Connelly will be “amazing” in the movie.
In the original film, Maverick was famously involved with astrophysicistÂ and civilian Top Gun instructor, Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).Â It’s looking like things didn’t work out.
‘Ice Man’ is in the movie, but no sign of him
A classic exchange between ‘Top Gun’ stars Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise. The movie marks its 30th anniversary on May 16, 2016.
Cruise’s main “Top Gun” adversary, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer), will be back. Kilmer, who has battled throat cancer, has even hinted on Facebook that we’llÂ see a replay ofÂ the infamous beach volleyball game.
“I canâ€™t comment on the screenplay, but we all know what we want to see!” Kilmer wrote.
He was joking. But the trailer does show an impressivelyÂ pumped up Cruise playing volleyball.
Cruise toldÂ “Extra”Â that working with his former screen rival wasÂ â€œspecial.” But no sight of the co-star in the trailer. However, there is a flash of a mysterious, pilotÂ funeral scene.
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