brian-mcgee - December 16, 2019
Tom Cruise has built his career around taking projects that just shouldn't work but somehow do, which is why I feel that although the world doesn't need a sequel to Top Gun, there's no reason to underestimate Cruise's ability to make such an endeavor work. Top Gun: Maverick has been teased and hinted at in the three and a half decades since the original hit theaters, so it's odd that it's manifesting itself now, in 2020.
That timeline, of course, provides plenty of cushion for all of the new roles people will be playing. It also allows Maverick to have ditched Charlie (poor Kelly McGillis) so he could shack up with the much sexier Jennifer Connelly—who was only 16 when the first film was made. There are rumors—solidified by that stupid mustache he's sporting—that the eminently punchable Miles Teller is playing the long lost son of Goose (poor Anthony Edwards), further ensuring he'll never move out of the shadows as an actor.
Again, this has no reason to exist and absolutely no one should have faith that it's going to be any good, but something tells me that Cruise is just itching to prove us all wrong. Top Gun: Maverick cruises into theaters on June 26, 2020.
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