After years in gestation, the Top Gun sequel that star Tom Cruise had been developing with Tony Scott before his death is now a reality. Paramount has given it July 12, 2019, release date and tabbed Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) to direct and while details about the film have been kept quiet, we were able to dig up some info that will make a lot of fan theories ring true!
The 1986 original is a beloved classic so making a sequel mean finding the right mix of tying into the nostalgia of the first film while treading lightly with elements that made it so likable. It seems as though Cruise may be attempting to find that mix by going right for the feels: one of the members of this Top Gun class is set to be Wrigley, the son of Goose! The friendship between Maverick and Goose was a huge part of why the original film is so well-loved and Goose’s death still hurts on every re-watch. Bringing Goose’s son into the film and into a relationship with Maverick is a bold step, but one that Cruise is banking on but not in the way some might think. From what we know, Goose’s son, Wrigley, and Maverick will NOT be having a mentor/mentee or father/son dynamic in the film; in fact, it appears they’ll have more of antagonistic relationship when the film begins, which could play off of a “you killed my dad” scenario.
With Kelly McGillis’s Charlie not set to return, Maverick will be setting his sights on a new love interest in the sequel and she will come in the form of Penny Benjamin. Of course, it wouldn’t be Maverick if he weren’t chasing someone he maybe shouldn’t and Penny turns out to be the sister of Naval Admiral Robby Benjamin, call sign Caspar, who is NOT a fan of (you guessed it) Maverick’s me-first flying.
Below are some of the characters coming to Top Gun 2:
RIOT FKA WRIGLEY: Supporting Male (20-29) Goose’s son. All-American good looks. Rode a football scholarship to an Ivy League degree. He is in love with Sugar. He distrusts Maverick and dislikes what he stands for, although they have a lot of similarities. Eventually, comes to respect Maverick and uses his techniques. He is forced to eject in enemy territory and Maverick comes to save him.
PENNY BENJAMIN Supporting Female (40-55) The mother of “Miriam” and sister of “Caspar.” She is tough and has been around pilots all her life. She resists Maverick at first, but his charm wears her down. Maverick falls in love with her and “Miriam.”
SUGAR Supporting Female (20-29) Latina. Cool and perfect. She has a sense of a loner and is out to prove herself to everyone. Naturally gifted leader. She and “Wrigley” fall for one another.
RYAN KENDRICK “KANSAS” Supporting Male (20-29) Southern-Charm. A laidback southerner who’s always smiling, which is part of his competitive charm.
TIM FLETCHER “OTTER” Supporting Male (20-29) Nerdy, but super competitive. A member of the class and eventually gives up his spot so Maverick can join the final mission.
KELVIN GARCIA “SHOTGUN” Supporting Male (20-29) Burly and earnest
CINDA CLARENCE “DRONE” Supporting Female (20-29) Sharp and tough
ADMIRAL ROBBY BENJAMIN “CASPAR” Supporting Male (50-69) No nonsense Texan, laid-back demeanor masks his intensity. One star admiral. He distrusts MAverick and doesn’t like his selfish attitude in the Sky. Caspar knows how gifted Maverick is, and eventually lets him join the final mission.
BOYD Supporting Male (50) A two-star general who takes no shit. Tough and weathered.
MIRIAM Supporting Female (10-12) Penny’s daughter.
CMC TOBIN MACRAE “ROWDY” Supporting Male (30-45) “Young, wiry” enlisted man. Maverick’s long-suffering Plane Captain
Like we expected you can count on a Top Gun class full of great call signs like “Kansas” “Otter” and “Sugar” who eventually have to go into enemy territory for the final mission, giving Pete Mitchell what might be one last flight. It certainly sounds like Cruise is going to try to hit all the notes that made the first movie great, so here’s to hoping that 3o+ years later dogfights and war games can look even better on screen!