The long-overdue sequel to Tom Cruise’s Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick, is starting to take shape in the casting stakes. Nine new cast members have been added to the line-up including Leave No Trace’s Thomasin Mackenzie, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris.

Other’s joining the cast are Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop).

McKenzie will play the daughter of Jennifer Connelly’s character. Parnell will play the admiral Ellis, Barbaro and Ramirez will play hot-shot pilots at Cruise school, and Salahuddin is an engineer at the elite flying school.

Character details for Hamm, Harris and Pullman have not been revealed.

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Joseph Kosinski, who reunites with Cruise after working together on in sci-fi thriller Oblivion, is directing the movie. Val Kilmer will also reprise his original role as Maverick’s rival pilot Iceman. Kenny Loggins, the man behind the film’s original theme Danger Zone, is in talks to update the song for the new project.

The follow up to Tony Scott’s 1986 action outing will see Cruise return as Maverick, who has never lost that loving feeling for his need for speed, is set to return as a flight instructor to a whole host of young Geese, Icemen and Mavericks wanting to follow in his almighty flight footsteps. Iceman, in the original, was a very worthy rival of Maverick’s with his death-defying stunts through the air. No further plot details have as yet unsurfaced.

Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer have written the script for the sequel which is slated for release on July 12th 2019.

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