Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick recently announced that its release date has been pushed back for nearly a year from July 12, 2019, to June 26, 2020, according to Paramount Pictures on Wednesday.
The extra time will be used to give filmmakers the opportunity to work out the logistics of presenting flight sequences with new technology and planes. The world the sequel is representing is a world of drone technology and will explore the end of the era of dogfighting, where Cruise plays a flight instructor. Cruise posted a photo of himself in front of an aircraft that seemed to be Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet in May.
Joe Kosinski, the director of Oblivion, is helming the film. The film scrip is written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, and Eric Warren Singer.
Miles Teller from Only The Brave will play Goose’s son and Maverick’s new protege. Anthony Edwards originally played Goose, the co-pilot to Cruise’s character. Val Kilmer will still be playing Tom “Iceman” Kazansky in the sequel. Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, and Monica Barbaro will also star in the film.
The original film was a blast; it earned more than $350 million worldwide on a $15 million budget.