Top Gun, which has been out for 29 years, is getting a sequel. That's right—the instant 1986 classic is coming to the twenty-first century. We already know that Justin Marks has signed on to write the screenplay, and that the plot will focus on how pilots' jobs are being taken over by drone technology. Now, Skydance CEO David Ellison confirms that Tom Cruise will not only reprise his role as Maverick, but also star as the lead in the upcoming sequel, Collider reports.
At a press conference from Terminator Genisys in Berlin, Ellison gave this update on the project:
Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today. There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick.
Collider confirms that Ellison is referring to Cruise here, and speculates that his character as a one-time "hot shot" may now be portrayed as a "fossil" in the sequel. We don't know for sure what will happen, but Ellison did have this to say about the tone of the movie:
As everyone knows with Tom, he is 100% going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically. When you look at the world of dogfighting ... this world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters ... It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.
The movie will roll out in 3-D (duh) and IMAX (oooh), so it'll definitely be fun to watch. As for the soundtrack, no word yet on whether "Take My Breath Away" will be featured.