"Oblivion" helmer Joe Kosinski is directing the film, a sequel to the 1986 "Top Gun," from a script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, and Eric Warren Singer. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first film with the late Don Simpson, will produce with Cruise and Skydance CEO David Ellison.
Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, and Monica Barbaro have also been cast. Val Kilmer will reprise his role as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky in the sequel.
Tom Cruise's "Top Gun" sequel, "Top Gun: Maverick," has been pushed back nearly a year from July 12, 2019, to June 26, 2020.
A spokesman for Paramount Pictures, which made the announcement on Wednesday, said the extra time will give the filmmakers the opportunity to work out logistics of presenting the flight sequences with new technology and planes. The sequel will be set in a world of drone technology and will explore the end of the era of dogfighting, with Cruise portraying a flight instructor. In May, Cruise posted a photo of himself in front of what appeared to be a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet.
The film, starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, has hauled $188 million domestically and $144 million internationally. Paramount also announced on Wednesday that it has dated its sequel to horror hit "A Quiet Place" for May 15, 2020.
Krasinski directed the story of an isolated family of four who must live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. He's working on the script for the sequel.
The original film was a massive success, grossing more than $350 million worldwide on a $15 million budget.
"Only the Brave" star Miles Teller had been tapped to play Goose's son and Maverick's new protege. Goose, the co-pilot to Cruise's character in the original, was played by Anthony Edwards.
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