‘Top Gun 2’ May Be Recreating Some High-Powered Nostalgia

In 1986, Top Gun stars Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis created an iconic motorbike scene with a Kawasaki Ninja GPz900R.

They rode through the city with the wind in their hair, using a high-powered machine for a high-powered love.

The sequel, Top Gun: Maverick looks to recreate this nostalgia with Jennifer Connolly on the back seat with bomber-jacket wearing (hopefully!) Tom Cruise returning as the now Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

According to, while they are unofficial, set pictures have been all over social media showing an ever-youthful Tom Cruise in his signature aviators and a joyous Jennifer Connolly riding on another Kawasaki, the Ninja H2.

It looks like this next instalment will be leaning heavily on the nostalgia, with Val Kilmer returning as Iceman and talk of a recreation of the unintentionally homoerotic, classic volleyball scene.

In the run-up, Cruise has been intentionally vague.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight he said “There’s gonna be jets, very fast jets. There’s gonna be an aircraft carrier, maybe two. And a wide range of jets.”

Also, “It’s gonna have music… We have a soundtrack. There’s gonna be actors in it. [And a] motorcycle, definitely [a] motorcycle.”

So we have cool machines, iconic scenes and an exciting cast (Miles Teller, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, and Glen Powell also join.)

Tom Cruise has gone on record praising Connolly, calling the Oscar-winner “a great actress, obviously,” and “very vibrant.”

Her character is set to play a single mother who runs a local bar near the Navy base.

He added to AOL, “When you see the film, you’ll see why she’s perfect for it.”

Originally scheduled to fly into cinemas in July 2019, Top Gun: Maverick will land in June 2020 now so keep your engines revved for its release!

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