Top Gun's sequel boasts more intense flight scenes and no CGI.
Tom Cruise is coming back as LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, more than 30 years since he first ruled the skies in 'Top Gun.'
Officially titled 'Top Gun: Maverick,' the long-awaited sequel is finally happening this year and looks even more epic than the 1986 film.
Here's all you need to know.
Listed release date as of this writing: 2 July 2021
Much like other films set to release this year, the 'Top Gun' sequel also suffered numerous push backs.
'Top Gun: Maverick' is originally set for release on July 12, 2019, but was then delayed for a whole year.
The sequel hit another roadblock and got moved to December 23, 2020, and then Paramount has now pushed the sequel back to July 2, 2021.
Speaking to fans about the delay, Tom Cruise posted on Instagram: "I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer."
The sequel will pick up 30 years since the events of the first film and will see the reunion of Maverick, Lt Bradley Bradshaw, call sign 'Rooster,' and the son of Maverick's late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt Nick Bradshaw, aka 'Goose.'
Maverick is now training a squad of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission.
"Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it," the rest of the synopsis read.
The first film is greatly admired for its intense flight scenes, and fans can expect the same intensity (if not more) for the sequel.
The production team even had to ask the Navy for permission to film one of the most extreme flight stunts.
"For the sequence where Tom got to do some extreme low-altitude flying in this film, we had to get special permission from the Navy to do it. It was one of the most extreme aerial sequences that we could come up with," director Joseph Kosinski told EW.
What's even cooler is that there is no CGI in the Top Gun sequel.
"There is no green screen in a Top Gun movie. Every shot, every stunt, was the result of the work, the real sweat, that we all put into it. The production was over the course of a full year, which was definitely the longest shoot I have ever been part of," Miles Teller told Men's Journal.
Watch some of the behind-the-scenes footage below.
The sequel may have taken more than 3 decades, but you would be pleased to know that some of the original cast members are returning.
Rivals Maverick (Cruise) and Iceman (Val Kilmer) are reuniting 30 years since they faced off to become the 'Top Gun' at the US Navy Fighter Weapons School in Miramar.
As to how the relationship between the two rivals evolved in the past years, guess we'll have to wait till the release as director Joseph Kosinski is not keen on giving us spoilers.
"The rivalry and relationship between Iceman and Maverick is one of those things that makes that first film so iconic," he told EW. "It's a relationship that is important to the Top Gun franchise and as a fan I would want to see how it's evolved."
As for the rest of the main characters, we are not sure if Anthony Edwards is coming back as LTJG Nick "Goose" Bradshaw.
However, we know that Miles Teller is joining as Goose's son Bradley Bradshaw.
Unfortunately, we won't be seeing Michael Ironside back as Lieutenant Commander Rick "Jester" Heatherly due to a sour relationship with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
As for new faces, Jennifer Connelly is coming in to play the movie's female lead. She'll portray the character Penny Benjamin, a single mom who owns a local bar near the Navy base.
Glen Powell is also confirmed to play the role of Hangman.
The rest of the cast members include Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Monica Barbaro, Chelsea Harris, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, Lewis Pullman, Kara Wang, Jack Schumacher, Greg Tarzan Davis, Jake Picking, Raymond Lee, Jean Louisa Kelly and Lyliana Wray.
Watch how the action unfolds through the official trailer of 'Top Gun: Maverick' below.