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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 plot, however.
  • At the point of this sequel, Tom Cruise is in real life so older than Tom Skerritt's Viper in the original Top Gun (1986).
  • Tom Cruise first publicly confirmed this movie in an interview on the Australian morning show, Sunrise (2000).
  • Second collaboration between Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski after Oblivion (2013).
  • 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 this movie, for chemistry tests. Powell was later cast in this movie 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.
  • Reunites Joseph Kosinski, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Connelly and Jake Picking after their first collaboration in Only the Brave (2017).
  • This is Ed Harris' first collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer since National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), 13 years before.
  • This is the first collaboration between Ed Harris, Val Kilmer and Jennifer Connelly since Pollock (2000).
  • Tom Cruise and Ed Harris appeared in The Firm (1993).
  • This is Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris' first collaboration since A Beautiful Mind (2001).
  • 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).
  • The original release date of July 12, 2019, was pushed back to June 26, 2020 due to extensive visual effects and complicated flight scenes.
  • Its original release date was to be on July 12, 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 29, 2018, around a month or two into filming, its release date was pushed back to June 26, 2020, removing one of 2019's most anticipated movies. Then on April 2nd, 2020 Paramount announced it would postpone the film by six months due to the Covid19 pandemic to December 23rd, 2020.
  • Articles often call this movie a "reboot", despite it being a sequel.
  • It was unknown if Val Kilmer was going to be in this movie due to his battle with throat cancer. However, as of January 2020, he is confirmed to reprise his role as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky.
  • Both Val Kilmer and Ed Harris were in the Planes series, which is also about aviation. Kilmer was in Planes (2013) and Harris was in Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014).
  • In 2010, Christopher McQuarrie originally wrote Maverick as a minor character.
  • This is the second collaboration between Jon Hamm and Lewis Pullman after Bad Times at the El Royale (2018).
  • Val Kilmer had starred opposite Tom Cruise's ex wife Nicole Kidman in Batman Forever (1995), 25 years earlier.
  • Jennifer Connelly is playing Maverick's new love interest, after Kelly McGillis wasn't cast for the sequel.
  • James Tolkan won't be returning as Stinger. It's likely Stinger had long since retired (due to Tolkan's 89 years old as of 2020) or passed away before the new film.
  • Tom Skerritt won't be returning as Viper. It's likely Viper may have retired (due to Skerritt's 87 years old as of 2020) or he may have been dishonorably discharged for revealing classified information to Maverick in the first Top Gun (1986) (in the assumption that Maverick revealed the information to third parties). Another possibility is that Viper may be dead.
  • Maverick's jacket in Top Gun (1986) featured patches of the Japanese and Taiwanese (the Republic of China) flag, in this movie, 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 this movie.
  • 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."
  • Tom Cruise's involvement in this movie was predicated on the condition that real aircraft be used in the aerial sequences, not CGI.
  • 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.
  • This is Ed Harris third collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer, after The Rock (1996) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).
  • This is the first Top Gun movie to be filmed in IMAX, with IMAX-certified Sony Venice 6K full frame cameras, unlike the original film, which was shot in the Super 35 format. The Sony Venice cameras were specially developed for the film to in order to shoot the cockpit sequences, with the sensor able to detach from the body, connected by a fibre optic cable. This allowed the cameras to fit in the tight spaces required, with the body able placed in the jet's mechanics.
  • Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris share acting credits collectively for six films: Waking the Dead (2000), Pollock (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Virginia (2010), Salvation Boulevard (2011), and Top Gun: Maverick (2021)
  • The second trailer appears to show Maverick flying the highly speculated, and still in development, Lockheed Martin SR-72 High Performance Reconnaisance Aircraft.
  • The World War II P-51 Mustang seen in this movie is actually Tom Cruise's own airplane, him being an accomplished pilot in real life.
  • The trailers prominently feature a character with the call sign "FANBOY" on his helmet, written in the font popularized by the Star Trek films. Paramount owns/distributes both Star Trek and Top Gun.
  • Movie release in theaters was delayed from June 24, 2020 to December 23, 2020 due to the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic.
  • The one F/A-18E Super Hornet, that was used as the hero fighter plane for Maverick, is about to be use for the Navy aerobatic team The Blue Angels to replace the older models for the 2021 airshow season.
  • This is the second legacy film directed by Joseph Kosinski, the first being the aptly titled TRON: Legacy (2010)
  • Jennifer Connelly has been cast as Penny Benjamin. In the original Top Gun (1986), that character is referenced by Goose as being the daughter of an Admiral that Maverick had dated. As of the 1986 version, Connelly was a minor aged 16. Connelly is 8 years younger than Tom Cruise.
  • Originally scheduled for a 2020 release, it was pushed to 2021 due to ongoing uncertainty of when cinemas could re-open safely after the Covid19 outbreak.


  • 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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