Top Gun 2: Release date, cast, plot, music and all you need to know

11 July 2018, 13:52

Top Gun
Picture: Paramount

By Tom Eames

It's one of the most long-awaited movie sequels ever, but it's finally coming!

Tom Cruise is dusting off his pilot's jacket once more, as Top Gun 2 prepares to land at cinemas in the not too distant future.

Here are all the latest facts you need to know...

  1. When is Top Gun 2 released in the UK?

    Top Gun: Maverick will be released in the UK and US on July 12, 2019.

    It will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, who previously worked with Tom Cruise on Oblivion. The script was co-written by The Hunger Games' Peter Craig and The Jungle Book's Justin Marks.

  2. Who will star in Top Gun 2?

    Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell.

    On May 31, he tweeted a picture from set with the iconic quote "Feel the need" and captioned it "#Day 1". He also told Access Hollywood: “Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one…but a progression for Maverick.”

    Meanwhile, actor Miles Teller has joined the cast as Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Goose in the original film.

    Val Kilmer - who played Iceman in the original - is also back in some capacity.

    It has yet to be revealed if any other original cast members will be back. Kelly McGillis has said that she would at least like a cameo as Charlie Blackwood. She said in 2014: "[Top Gun] was far more popular than I ever imagined it would be... because I took so much time off that I can come back to acting – without trying to be anything other than who I am."

  3. What is the plot of Top Gun 2?

    Top Gun 2 will be set in the modern day, as the pilots take on drone warfare and fighter jets.

    The sequel will be a reverse of the original, with Maverick returning as an instructor, and has to contend with a cocky female pilot called Penny Benjamin.

    The film will also feature the adult son of Goose (Riot FKA Wrigley), who is also likely to clash with Maverick.

  4. What music will feature in Top Gun 2?

    Composer Harold Faltermeyer has confirmed that he will return for the sequel, to bring back that sweet 1980s mood.

    Kenny Loggins has also revealed that his classic tune from the original 'Danger Zone' will feature in the film.

    It has yet to be revealed what other songs may feature, or if any other classics like Berlin's 'Take My Breath Away' will appear.

  5. Top Gun 2 trailer: Are there any teasers?

    Sadly, not yet.

    Other than Tom Cruise's Day 1 tweet (see above), there hasn't been any trailers or pictures from the film. But we'll update you as soon as there are!

  6. Top Gun: What happened in the original film?

    If you haven't seen the original (where have you been!?), here's a brief synopsis. But spoilers ahead! Obviously.

    Released in 1986 and directed by the late Tony Scott, the film focuses on The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School, where the best of the best train to perfect their elite flying skills.

    When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Cruise) arrives, his reckless attitude puts him at odds with the other pilots, particularly the cool and collected Iceman (Kilmer). Meanwhile, Maverick also competes for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (McGillis).