Val Kilmer Will Return For ‘Top Gun 2′

By November 17, 2015
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It’s hard to think of 80s movies without Top Gun coming to mind. The film, which followed a group of fighter pilots (led by Tom Cruise’s Maverick) as they worked their way through different obstacles and hurdles both personally and professionally, is still one of the most beloved films of that decade, and helped to cement Cruise as one of the best movie stars in the industry at the time.

Despite the passing of director Tony Scott a few years ago too, who gave the original film the high-octane tone and pace that helped make it iconic, Top Gun 2 has continued to be in development, with rumors of Tom Cruise coming back onboard as the lead. The film would apparently catch back up with some of the original’s characters again in the present day, as the continuing popularity of drones threatened to end the fighter pilot career field, as Maverick and Iceman (Kilmer) would be left to prove that they’re still needed in the world.

Looks like we may have just gotten another casting announcement too.

Val Kilmer recently took to Facebook to announce that he had been offered a role in the planned sequel, and that he would be taking it. Find the full post below:

“I just got offered ‪#‎topgun2‬ – not often you get to say “yes” without reading the script…
“It’s starring Gene Hackman…”
“Yes” “The director is Francis Coppola…” “Yes!” They aren’t involved in this production.
These are examples of what an actor says yes to- like
Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise!!! “Yes.” We will all miss Tony Scott one of the kindest gentlemen I’ve ever met in the film biz, but let’s fire up some fighter jets again!!! This is a long way off so calm down. This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun… An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent…”

For those of you wondering if Francis Ford Coppola and Gene Hackman would be involved in the sequel as well should know that the actor subsequently released a post saying that the two men would not be invovled, and were merely examples of what kind of projects an actor might say yes to without even hesitating.

Now, this is definitely interesting, and seeing Kilmer back in the Top Gun franchise would not only help to make the sequel feel more connected to its predecessor, but could provide Kilmer with the kind of opening he might need to make a comeback, after his lack of exposure over the past few years. However, despite landing screenwriter Justin Marks a few years ago too, and Jerry Bruckheimer including the film in his Paramount deal, Top Gun 2 cannot seem to get out of development limbo yet. Does Kilmer’s casting signal a possible rejuvenation in the project’s future though? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Top Gun 2 is currently in development.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable