So, remember how Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) died in Top Gun and it was bloody emotional and then we wept as we watched a heartbroken Carole (Meg Ryan) and their son try and pick up the pieces of their lives as we realised Goose wouldn’t be around to raise his son, Bradley?
Yeah, so Top Gun 2 will give us a grown-up Bradley which means Maverick (Tom Cruise) will most likely be mentoring said son in some shape or form and we’ll all aggressively weep again. Or, grown-up Bradley now hates Maverick and Maverick still blames himself for Goose’s death.
Either way, there will be tears.
News of a sequel to the iconic 80s film first made waves back in mid-2017 with producer of the original film, Jerry Bruckheimer, announcing Joe Kosinski (Tron, Oblivion) had signed on to direct the highly-anticipated flick. Since then, Cruise was locked in to reprise his role as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell as well as the one and only Val Kilmer as Iceman.
Now, as per The Hollywood Reporter, we have the three frontrunners to step into the huge role of Bradley Bradshaw.
- Miles Teller
- Nicholas Hoult
- Glen Powell
I, personally, would be happy with any of those choices.
Teller you may know for his brilliant acting in Whiplash. He also starred in the Divergent series, The Spectacular Now, and War Dogs. Hoult you will know from Skins, Warm Bodies, and X-Men. And Powell is the lad from Netflix’s latest romcom hit Set It Up. Powell also appeared in Scream Queens and Hidden Figures.
All three are excellent actors but if we’re talking physical resemblance to Goose… Powell’s looking to be a hot contender.
Here he is with adorable Set it Up co-star Zoey Deutch:
Goose’s son aside, the sequel will see Maverick in present time as a modern military man with drones and all that.
Back in late March Cruise, who’ll also produce the sequel, tweeted his return to the Danger Zone sending fans into an absolute flurry – fans who have been waiting for more than 30 years for a sequel.
Cruise posted a pic of Maverick feeling his undying need for speed as he stared down the horizon:
If you’re concerned the sequel may flop, director Kosinski has already reassured fans he doesn’t attend to just pump out a flimsy ‘2.0’. In an interview with ComingSoon.net in 2017, Kosinski said “the tone of [Top Gun 1] and what those guys were doing was very different. Now, here in 2017, the Navy’s been at war for 20 years. It’s a different world now, so you can’t remake the first movie. It has to adapt.”
Top Gun 2 will land in cinemas July 12, 2019.
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