There are few movies that are more iconic of the 1980s than the late director Tony Scott's Top Gun. A sequel to the film has been trying to get off the ground for years, with original star Tom Cruise being one of the driving forces behind getting the film made.
Aside from Cruise's involvement, very little has been confirmed about what fans can expect from Top Gun 2; even the exact nature of Cruise's role is unknown, given the number of script rewrites the project has gone through by now. However, thanks to the magic of social media, we have some formal Top Gun 2 casting news that should get fans excited.
A posting on actor Val Kilmer's official Facebook page (seemingly from Kilmer directly) has confirmed that he's not only been offered a role in Top Gun 2, but that he's accepted the job offer without even having read the script. Here is the comment that was posted to Kilmer's Fb page:
I just got offered #topgun2 - not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script..."It's starring Gene Hackman...""Yes" "The director is Francis Coppola..." "Yes!" They are t involved in this production.These are examples of what an actor says yes to- likeJerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise!!! "Yes." We will all miss Tony Scott one of the kindest gentlemen I've ever met in the film biz, but let's fire up some fighter jets again!!!
Kilmer famously played Tom "Iceman" Kazanski in the original Top Gun; he served as a foil to Cruise's Maverick and was one of the key characters in the movie, overall. Having both Kilmer and Cruise back for Top Gun 2 helps to confirm that Cruise will have more than just a cameo. (Also, the mention of Hackman and Coppola got some fans excited as well, but Kilmer has also clarified that those are just examples and have nothing to do with the Top Gun sequel.)
This update from Kilmer ought to get films speculating about what form Top Gun 2 will take. It seems that unmanned aircraft will play a major part in the plot, though how Kilmer fits into this is anybody's guess. It's possible that Kilmer will come back into Maverick's life and help return him to action. There are also a number of potential military conflicts that the film could feature that would have both characters playing a part - perhaps with the unmanned craft malfunctioning or otherwise going rogue.
Some may argue that the original Top Gun should be left alone, since a bad or unnecessary sequel might leave fans disappointed. A number of old films are getting sequels these days, however, and fan excitement in general seems to be growing for these revivals. So long as the producers don't attempt to recreate the original experience and instead focus on making a version of Top Gun 2 that picks up organically all of these years after the original, perhaps this sequel will turn out well after all.
Top Gun 2 does not currently have an official release date.
Source: Val Kilmer