I’ve got a need to speed the release of this movie up, but it’s still a whole year away.
The first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick — which star Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures debuted in a surprise presentation at the 2019 Comic-Con in San Diego — is everything you want it to be.
Director Joseph Kosinski (Cruise’s sci-fier Oblivion and Tron: Legacy) dutifuly duplicates the high gloss, high contrast, golden hour hues that late helmer Tony Scott gloriously over-did in the original, with plenty of clips that directly reference and replicate moments from the action film that was the #1 blockbuster of 1986. It’s all punctuated by the instantly recognizable single synth-note from Harold Faltermeyer‘s original score, which then becomes Hans Zimmer-fied as the trailer kicks in.
To be sure, if any movie should ever go out of its way to offer up bald-faced unapologetic fan service, it’s a Top Gun sequel.
Honestly, the only aspect of this first look that left me wanting was the more serious, reserved Maverick that we see here. Sure, he’s three decades older, but when he’s talking with Ed Harris‘s superior officer (in cool, testosterone-laced banter in from script co-written by Cruise’s Mission: Impossible writer/director Christopher McQuarrie), I want to see that cocky, twinkle-eyed, pearly-white smile that’s barely suppressing a laugh. That charisma completely defined Cruise’s young hotshot pilot, and hopefully there’s still some of that brash-yet-endearing charm left in the older, wiser Maverick.
Co-starring Miles Teller (who worked with Kosinski in Only The Brave), Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Glen Powell (all briefly glimpsed here) plus Manny Jacinto (NBC’s The Good Place) and up-and-comer Monica Barbaro (call-sign “Phoenix”), Top Gun: Maverick flies into theaters next summer on June 26, 2020.
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