Top Gun: Maverick - Everything you need to know

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From Digital Spy

Just to get you up to speed, because we have a sudden and undeniable need for speed, Top Gun: Maverick is the sequel to the 1986 military drama Top Gun.

The first film followed the adventures of Pete Mitchell and Nick Bradshaw, although you may know them better by their Navy call signs: Maverick and Goose.

Paramount could have called the sequel Top Guns – plural – which was the original title of the first film before it was changed. But Tom Cruise revealed in 2017 that the second film would be named after his character.

Why no Goose in that movie title? Check out our casting news below...

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Top Gun 2 release date: When's it out?

Paramount Pictures had given the blockbuster a release date of July 12, 2019 in the US, meaning it will arrive in cinemas more than 33 years after the original.

Unfortunately, the sequel has since been delayed an entire year and is now scheduled to hit cinemas on June 26, 2020. Apparently, the extra time gives the filmmakers the opportunity to work out the logistics of presenting flight sequences with new technology and planes.

Production started in May 2018 with Cruise marking the occasion on Twitter and, based on filming photos, Maverick looks to have barely aged a day since the first movie.

Top Gun 2 cast: Who's coming back?

It's been more than 30 years since they faced off to be the best of the best, battling for the title of 'Top Gun' at the US Navy Fighter Weapons School in Miramar, San Diego. But Top Gun 2 will definitely see rivals Maverick (Cruise) and Iceman (Val Kilmer) reunite.

At one point Kilmer seemed to confirm that there would be a role for the otherwise retired Gene Hackman in the sequel. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a spot of dream casting and was quickly retracted (although it did at least give him an excellent excuse to crack an "I jumped the Top Gun" joke).

Anthony Edwards isn't ruling out a Ghost Goose plot, but at least if we don't get that, we do have Miles Teller appearing as Goose's son Bradley Bradshaw.

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One person who won't be back from the original is Michael Ironside as Lieutenant Commander Rick "Jester" Heatherly, with the actor putting it down to the fact that his relationship with producer Jerry Bruckheimer apparently isn't the greatest.

After being rumoured for the role of Goose's son, Glen Powell did sign up for the movie in a mystery role. Could he be Maverick's son?

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The sequel will also star Jennifer Connelly as the movie's female lead, playing a single mother who runs a local bar near the Navy base. She'll be joined by Jon Hamm and Ed Harris, although details on their roles are being kept a mystery.

And while we don't know who Hamm is playing, he's promised Digital Spy that the movie will be worth the wait: "They showed me 15 minutes of footage and I left the trailer with my chin on the ground."

One role we do know though is pilot Fritz who will be played by The Good Place star Manny Jacinto (via Deadline).

A busy cast is rounded out with Monica Barbaro, Chelsea Harris, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, Lewis Pullman, Kara Wang, Jack Schumacher, Greg Tarzan Davis, Jake Picking, Raymond Lee, Jean Louisa Kelly and Lyliana Wray.

Behind the camera, Cruise is reunited with his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski, while Cruise's Mission: Impossible collaborator Christopher McQuarrie is working on some script rewrites from the original screenplay written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer.

Top Gun 2 plot: Who are the bad guys?

The fist-pumping first movie saw the American pilots flip the bird at those pesky Russians, echoing the cold war vibe of the '80s.

The world moved on... but now it's seemingly moved back again, with Russian and American relations frosty once more. Could there be aerial combat between these two nations again?

What we do know is that the plot will likely be an ode to the end of the days of dogfighting as drone warfare takes over.

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This idea dates back to original Top Gun director Tony Scott, who said: "This world fascinated me, because it's so different from what it was originally. But I don't want to do a remake. I don't want to do a reinvention. I want to do a new movie."

"It's just a different world now, so you can't remake the first movie. It has to adapt," said Kosinski, as he teased a few details of his own. "The Navy is very different now than it was in 1986. Back then, they hadn't been in any war for 15 or 20 years at that point. Now, here in 2017, the Navy's been at war for 20 years."

Fans can still expect to see a lot of "appropriate" action, though, according to Kosinski: "I certainly want to recreate the experience of that movie, which gives you a front-seat into the world of naval aviation and what it's like to be in a fighter jet."

Top Gun 2 trailer: When can I see it?

The trailer was released at Comic-Con International on July 18. Maverick definitely still has the need for speed, so if you somehow missed it above, watch the trailer again below:

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