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Tony Scott was setting up this film as his next directorial project, but sadly, a day before he was scheduled to meet with Tom Cruise, Scott committed suicide, leaving its development status unknown.
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Tom Cruise is now older in real life than Tom Skerritt's Viper was in the original Top Gun (1986).
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It was rumored that the plot would be centered around drone warfare before Tom Cruise confirmed this sequel would be going back to fighter jets. Drones will still serve some point of the film's plot, however.
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It was unknown if Val Kilmer was going to be in the movie due to his battle with throat cancer.
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Tom Cruise first publicly confirmed 'Top Gun 2' in an interview on the Australian morning show Sunrise (2002).
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Miles Teller was cast in the role of Goose's son, beating out the likes of Nicholas Hoult and Glen Powell. All three were flown to the home of Tom Cruise, the star of the film, for chemistry tests. Powell was later cast in the film in a role beefed up for him, having impressed Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as executives at Paramount Pictures and Skydance with his auditions.
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The original release date of July 12th, 2019, was pushed back to June 26th, 2020 due to extensive visual effects and complicated flight scenes.
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Will reportedly involve unmanned aerial vehicles and will depict "an end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots," as the world's powers make the switch to remotely flown, computer aided drones.
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Its original release date was to be on July 12th, 2019. It would have released one week after Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) and one week before The Lion King (2019). On Wednesday, August 29th, 2018, around a month or two into filming, its release date was pushed back to June 26th, 2020, removing one of 2019's most anticipated films.
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Tom Cruise's involvement in the film was predicated on the condition that real aircraft be used in the films aerial sequences, not CGI.
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Tom Cruise will be 57, at the time of the film's June 2020 release. He was 24 during the first film's release, which will be 33 years older when it's sequel releases.
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During a July 2019 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kelly McGillis said that she was not asked to appear in this movie.. When asked why she thought she wasn't contacted, she said, it was likely because "I'm old and I'm fat and I look age-appropriate for what my age is, and that is not what that whole scene is about. I'd much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age, as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff."
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Kelly McGillis won't be returning in the sequel as Charlie, Maverick's Top Gun instructor and love interest from the original film and maybe written out of the sequel. There's speculation that Charlie may had passed away or broken up with Maverick prior to the new movie.
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Maverick's jacket in Top Gun (1986) featured patches of the Japanese and Taiwanese (the Republic of China) flag, in Top Gun: Maverick (2020) the jacket remains the same but those two flags have been replaced with ambiguous symbols.

It was speculated that this is because Chinese company Tencent co-funded the film.
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Second collaboration between Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski. They both worked on Oblivion (2013).
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In 2010, Christopher McQuarrie originally wrote Maverick as a minor character.
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Jennifer Connolly is speculated to be playing Maverick's new love interest.
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Articles often call the movie a reboot despite being a sequel.
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This is Tom Cruise and Ed Harris' first collaboration since The Firm (1993).
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The film will be released 34 years after the original film.
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This is Ed Harris' first collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer since National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).
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This is Ed Harris, Val Kilmer and Jennifer Connelly's first collaboration since Pollock (2000).
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Second collaboration between Joseph Kosinki, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Jake Picking after they made Only the Brave (2017).
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This is Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris' first collaboration since A Beautiful Mind (2001).
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Tom Skerritt won't be returning as Viper. It's likely Viper may had retired or passed away prior to new movie.
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The black Ford Raptor used throughout the film was also being used in Break Even. The two productions shared use as they were filming simultaneously.
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This is Ed Harris's third collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer. The first two films are The Rock (1996) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).
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This is Jerry Bruckheimer's second production to be Specially Formatted for IMAX 1.90:1 after Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). This is also Joseph Kosinski's third film to use the IMAX Expanded Aspect Ratio, entirely, after Oblivion (2013) and Only The Brave (2017).
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James Tolkan won't be returning as Stinger. It's likely Stinger had long since retired or passed away before the new film.
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Both Ed Harris and Val Kilmer were in the Planes series, which is also about aviation. Harris was in Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) and Kilmer was in Planes (2013).
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Both Val Kilmer and Glen Powell starred in a Batman movie. Kilmer was Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever (1995) and Powell was a Trader in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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This is the second collaboration between Jon Hamm and Lewis Pullman since Bad Times at the El Royale (2018).
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Val Kilmer had starred opposite Tom Cruise's ex wife Nicole Kidman in Batman Forever (1995) 25 years earlier.
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Kelly McGillis has publicly stated that she was not invited to film Top Gun 2, for which she reckons being too "old and fat." However, she was also glad that Jennifer Connelly got the part.
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