A monument to 1980s cheese and Hollywood fantasy, Top Gun is not only a cultural relic but also a cracking homoerotic thriller at the same time. Ahead of the release of the film’s sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed that Tom Cruise was determined only to star in the film if he was alongside his original co-star Val Kilmer.
Speaking to People magazine the producer outlined Cruise’s comments, “He said, ‘We have to have Val, we have to have him back. We have to have him in the film’”. Continuing, Bruckheimer noted, “He was the driving force. We all wanted him, but Tom was really adamant that if he’s going to make another Top Gun, Val had to be in it”.
Describing Val Kilmer as “a fine actor, and he’s such a good individual,” the reunion of him and Tom Cruise was reported as “very emotional”.
Back in 2020, Val Kilmer revealed that he initially didn’t want to appear in the original Top Gun, but was desperate to feature in the upcoming sequel. As detailed in his memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry, the director admitted, “I didn’t want the part. I didn’t care about the film. The story didn’t interest me…My agent, who also represented Tom Cruise, basically tortured me into at least meeting Tony Scott saying he was one of the hottest directors in town”.
Along with the returning cast members Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, the film also stars Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris. Joseph Kosinski takes over from Tony Scott, the director of the original film, who sadly passed away in 2012. Kosinski has been previously responsible for 2013s Oblivion as well as 2010s TRON: Legacy.
Top Gun: Maverick is due for general release on November 19, 2021 after having been delayed multiple times due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.