Ah, remember "Top Gun"? How can you not? It became a cultural icon and is even preserved in the Library of Congress! The original Top Gun movie came out in 1986 and became one of the most successful films of the 80s, inspiring many to join the Navy and making "I feel the need... the need, for speed!" enough of a catch phrase to become annoying when some people used it. It resurrected the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" on radios and jukeboxes everywhere, launched Tom Cruise to the next level of movie star fame and gave Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, and a few others a huge career shot in the arm.
Here we are, 34 years later (yikes!) and the sequel is finally coming out this summer. "Top Gun: Maverick" will star Tom Cruise as Maverick once again, this time a flight instructor - presumably done with low-level fly-bys. HIs former partner Goose (Anthony Edwards) from the original obviously won't be back (don't want any spoiler alerts) but his son will be. Miles Teller plays Bradley Bradshaw and Maverick takes him under his wing - pun probably intended. Val Kilmer also returns, and others in the movie include Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, and Glen Powell. Haven't heard about Meg Ryan coming back as Bradley's mom. In the movie, drones and other technology of the 21st century are replacing old-school dogfighting. Bad singing in bars might still be a thing.
The wait has been long, but it just got shortened a bit. Paramount announced that they're moving the release date up slightly, from June 26th to June 24th, so make your plans! Catch the trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick" below. And yes, we'll have "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins and Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" at the ready to help get you in the mood.
So there you go - the new release date is now June 24th, 2020!