Val Kilmer Confirmed For Top Gun 2 Return

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The Paramount movie, which hits theaters next summer on July 12, 2019 and is now in production in San Diego, follows fighter pilots who are entangled in a drone-driven airspace which has made their flying obsolete. The 58-year-old actor will join Tom Cruise in the sequel which recently started production, reported The Wrap. In the original, Kilmer's Tom "Iceman" Kazansky and Cruise's Pete "Maverick" Mitchell were rivals (with Iceman telling Maverick "I don't like you because you're dangerous") but eventually begrudgingly earned each other's respect.

American filmmaker, Joseph Kosinski, will direct the sequel, with a screenplay by Eric Warren Singer (Only the Brave), Peter Craig (The Hunger Games) and Justin Marks (The Jungle Book). Indeed, Paramount hasn't even confirmed any casting beyond Cruise, so Kilmer is the first name we've heard of joining the production. There is not a lot known about the plot of the sequel to Tony Scott's hit from the '80s, but info continues to keep trickling out.

Skydance CEO David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of the original return to produce the sequel with Cruise. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Top Gun: Maverick as we learn it.

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Tom Cruise has found a familiar wingman for Top Gun 2.

Val Kilmer is heading back to the skies - or at least to the role that brought him there. It's just a shame that Goose (Anthony Edwards) won't be there, but hopefully, there will be a nod to the character.