Val Kilmer will reunite with Tom Cruise for one of his most memorable roles in Top Gun: Maverick.
Kilmer will be reprising his role as fighter pilot Iceman (aka: Tom Kazansky), according to the Wrap.
Pete “Maverick” Mitchell became Cruise’s signature breakout role in the 1986 classic Top Gun, directed by the late Tony Scott.
Succeeding Scott for Top Gun: Maverick will be Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski. In the 1986 film, Maverick and Iceman became intense rivals eventually becoming friends earning each other’s respect, “Feeling the need for speed.”
Top Gun followed Maverick and Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) as they are given a chance to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School (aka Top Gun) at the former Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar in San Diego. As a hotshot, dedicated, but at times reckless, Maverick grows and learns the value of teamwork. The film also starred Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins.
The film was later parodied in the 1991 spoof Hot Shots! with Charlie Sheen and Cary Elwes as his rival.
Jerry Bruckheimer is also returning to produce Maverick and will be joined by Skydance’s David Ellison. Also returning is German composer Harold Faltermeyer, who scored the original film.
Kenny Loggins will return to the Danger Zone to record a new version of the hit song as per Esquire.
Kilmer was previously rumored to be joining the cast with a Facebook post writing, “not often you get to say ‘yes’ without reading the script.”
Paramount declined to comment on the news. There’s no word if other cast members from the 1986 film will join the sequel.
Paramount is targeting Top Gun: Maverick for theaters July 12, 2019.
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