Tom Cruise finally found someone to take the highway to the danger zone with him. Top Gun: Maverick, a follow-up to the original 1986 film, is already in production and now the team behind the film has found the young actor who will play the young protege of Cruise’s character, Maverick.
According to Variety, Miles Teller (Fantastic Four) has won the coveted role of Goose’s son. In case you don’t remember Top Gun–go rewatch it, already–Goose, played by Anthony Edwards, was Maverick’s co-pilot, though he died during the events of the film. With Teller playing the child of Goose, it can only be assumed his wife (Meg Ryan) was pregnant in the film.
Teller wasn’t the only actor up for the role. Variety reports that among those who tested with Cruise were Glen Powell (Scream Queens) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse). As for who else is in the cast, it was previously revealed that Val Kilmer would be returning to reprise his role as Maverick’s arch-nemesis, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.
Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski, who previously collaborated with Cruise on the 2013 movie Oblivion. The director has also previously revived another 1980s property when he directed 2010’s Tron: Legacy.
This particular sequel has been in development for years, with the original film’s director Tony Scott looking to return behind-the-camera. Following his death in 2012, it was revealed that the other parties involved were still interested in making the film, with Kosinski’s involvement being announced in 2017.
Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released on July 12, 2019.