Paramount is feeling the need for less speed with the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun as they've pushed the release back by a whole year. The original plan was to have the Tom Cruise-led follow-up to arrive in cinemas on July 16, 2019, but that's no longer the case with Paramount and Skydance pushing the release to June 26, 2020. The cause for the delay is to allow director Joseph Kosinski and his crew more time to deliver the elaborate action set pieces that will involve filming with real fighter jets. Unlike other blockbusters, no CGI will be used for the aerial sequences in Maverick with Cruise and co once again pushing the limits of what can be done practically.
Production on the project started back in May and since then a host of new additions have been made to the cast. Miles Teller will be playing Bradley Bradshaw the son Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (as portrayed by Anthony Edwards in the original) who follows in his father's footsteps as a Navy pilot. Jennifer Connelly is onboard as Maverick's assistant who is also the mother of Bradley's love interest and fellow trainee pilot Samantha (Monica Barbaro). In recent weeks, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Lewis Pullman have joined the line-up in as yet undisclosed roles. Val Kilmer is also expected to reprise his role as Maverick's rival Iceman, who has now been promoted to Captain.
More than any casting choice, release date reshuffle, or complexities of production there's one question on the lips of every Top Gun fan, and we finally have an answer. Ever since Top Gun 2 became a reality, fans the world over have wondered if Kenny Loggins' legendary hit Danger Zone will feature in the sequel, and the answer is a resounding yes. Loggins confirmed that he will be re-recording Danger Zone (possibly as a duet) for the new movie. He's got his work cut out for him as he's already recorded the best Danger Zone duet with Jessy Lynn Martens for an episode of Archer's fifth season.
Top Gun: Maverick will be released (hopefully) on June 26, 2020.