Those hoping to see another memorable volleyball scene in Top Gun 2 may be in luck yet. While it can sometimes be easy to forget when one considers just how little he's visibly aged, Tom Cruise has now been an A-list star in Hollywood for over 30 years. Despite all the huge films he's starred in more recently, 1986's high-flying Tony Scott drama Top Gun remains one of his most iconic. One of the movies that originally served to cement Cruise's leading man status, Top Gun is in many ways a quintessentially American film, and one that's popularity never seems to wane.
At the time, Top Gun wasn't exactly a hit with critics, garnering mixed reviews at best. Audiences both then and now readily embrace the film though, with Top Gun soaring to a worldwide box office haul of over $350 million on a budget of only $15 million. Interestingly enough, nearly half of that came from outside the U.S., despite Top Gun's aforementioned reputation as a very patriotic American film.
After years spent kicking around development hell, Tom Cruise finally confirmed that Top Gun 2 was happening in May, over three decades after the original took theaters by storm. Cruise will naturally be returning as ace pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, with the sequel even being titled Top Gun: Maverick in the character's honor. Cruise has been pretty tight-lipped about what Top Gun: Maverick has in store for fans, but when asked during a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight for hints about the film, he teased that Top Gun's famous volleyball scene might be due for a modern reprise.
"There’s gonna be jets — very fast jets. There’s gonna be an aircraft carrier, maybe two. And a wide range of jets. It’s gonna have music… We have a soundtrack. There’s gonna be actors in it. [And a] motorcycle — definitely [a] motorcycle. [There] may be a volleyball scene. Maybe. We’ll see. I have not told anyone in the world as much as I’ve just told you right now."
While Cruise's answer above is obviously mostly tongue-in-cheek, it's doubtful that he'd tease fans with the prospect of more sun-drenched Top Gun volleyball if he didn't plan on actually delivering. Despite Cruise's 54-year-old age, the man is still in great shape, so it's not hard to imagine him whipping off his shirt and throwing on some aviators before spiking the ball once again.
What remains unclear is just how many of Cruise's Top Gun co-stars will be back for another round, or indeed another game of volleyball. Val "Iceman" Kilmer has been lobbying pretty hard for a role in the sequel, although neither Cruise or anyone else involved with Top Gun: Maverick has publicly commented on the chances of Kilmer potentially being included. Either way, one presumes a trip to the danger zone will be in store for moviegoers.
Source: Entertainment Tonight