Val Kilmer reuniting with Tom Cruise for ‘Top Gun 2’

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The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Val Kilmer will star opposite Tom Cruise in "Top Gun: Maverick" which is now filming.

Iceman and Maverick (Tom Cruise) had a frosty, adversarial relationship in Top Gun, vying for ace pilot status at the legendary military flight school.

Of course, Val Kilmer famously played the role in Tony Scott's beloved blockbuster and he's returning to play one of the most iconic "frenemies" in film history.


Joseph Kosinski, who previously directed Cruise in Oblivion, will helm the sequel, with Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer penning the script.

No other reported castings at this time on "Top Gun: Maverick". The film also starred Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins.

In Top Gun: Maverick, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is back in action as an instructor at the Top Gun training base. Kilmer teased returning to the project a few years back when he posted on Facebook, "I just got offered #topgun2 - not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script". The long in development sequel is said to have a plot revolving around drone technology as it explores the end of an era for dogfighting and fighter pilots.


Top Gun: Maverick will hit theatres on July 12 next year.

"Listen, it's an iconic character that [Cruise] helped create", the film's producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, told ET a year ago.

The original Top Gun had cemented Tom Cruise's career making him a global star.


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