Top Gun se­quel gets re­lease date

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

'Top Gun: Mav­er­ick' will be re­leased in July 2019. The highly-an­tic­i­pated se­quel - which will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as fighter pilot Pete 'Mav­er­ick' Mitchell - has signed Joseph Kosin­ski up as di­rec­tor and will be hit­ting cin­e­mas 33 years af­ter the orig­i­nal movie was re­leased. Pro­ducer Jerry Bruck­heimer re­vealed on Twit­ter: ""Ex­cited to make it of­fi­cial. Joe Kosin­ski is on board to di­rect. And Top Gun is com­ing to the­aters July 12, 2019. #TopGun #Mav­er­ick (sic)" Tom pre­vi­ously ex­plained the movie will be sim­i­lar in tone to the first 'Top Gun' film. He said: "Avi­a­tors are back, the need for speed. We're go­ing to have big, fast ma­chines. It's go­ing to be a competition film, like the first one ... but a pro­gres­sion for Mav­er­ick." The orig­i­nal 'Top Gun' movie was di­rected by the late Tony Scott - who died in 2012 - and also starred Kelly McGil­lis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Ed­wards, and Tom Sk­er­ritt. In the movie, Tom played a cocky as­pir­ing pilot who falls in love with the beau­ti­ful in­struc­tor Char­lie Black­wood, played by McGil­lis. Joseph - who pre­vi­ously worked with Tom on 'Obliv­ion' - was fa­vorite to take the di­rec­tor's job af­ter he re­cently met with the ac­tor and im­pressed him with his vi­sion for the film. Spec­u­la­tion about a fol­low-up to the clas­sic movie have been cir­cu­lat­ing since 2008, when it was re­ported Hol­ly­wood bosses were keen to res­ur­rect the fea­ture. A source said at the time: "The idea is Mav­er­ick is at the 'Top Gun' school as an in­struc­tor - and this time it is he who has to deal with a cocky new fe­male pilot."

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