Doug Liman to direct Tom Cruise’s space movie

Doug Liman is to direct Tom Cruise in a movie filmed in space. Earlier this month, it was reported that the Mission: Impossible actor was teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and officials at America’s National Aeronautics and Space Ad…

Doug Liman is to direct Tom Cruise in a movie filmed in space.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Mission: Impossible actor was teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and officials at America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to make the first-ever feature film to be shot in outer space, and the news was swiftly confirmed by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who revealed it would be filmed on the International Space Station (ISS).

Now, editors at Deadline have revealed that Cruise came up with the idea with his frequent collaborator Liman, who has directed the actor in Edge of Tomorrow and American Made. In addition to directing, Liman is also writing the first draft of the screenplay and will produce alongside Cruise.

However, back in 2018, The Terminator director James Cameron revealed to Empire magazine that he discussed making a movie on the ISS with Cruise many years ago.

“I actually talked to (Cruise) about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago,” he said. “I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz (spacecraft), but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”

Liman and Cruise, who are both pilots, have work on other projects to complete before focusing on the space movie. Liman, who has also directed Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity, is currently in post-production on Chaos Walking, starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, while Cruise is to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt for two more Mission: Impossible movies, which were due to begin filming before the coronavirus caused the production to shut down. He will also be heading out on a promotional tour for Top Gun: Maverick, which was pushed from summer to December due to the health crisis.

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Joseph Kosinski determined to complete Top Gun: Maverick on time

Joseph Kosinski is determined to have Top Gun: Maverick completed by early summer.The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun was originally slated to open in U.S. cinemas on 12 July, but due to the coronavirus crisis sweeping the world and the temporary closure of c…

Joseph Kosinski is determined to have Top Gun: Maverick completed by early summer.

The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun was originally slated to open in U.S. cinemas on 12 July, but due to the coronavirus crisis sweeping the world and the temporary closure of cinemas, executives at Paramount Pictures have decided to now debut the action-drama late December.

But in spite of the delays, director Kosinski has promised that he is not allowing the delay to impede post-production on the highly anticipated project.

“We are sticking to our schedule and finishing the movie just as if it were coming out on its original release date,” he told Comic.Book.com, before noting that he was grateful to be able to edit the film at home. “Luckily, I’m in the home stretch of post-production where, despite all the restrictions on how you can work now, I’m able to continue doing my job and finish the movie.”

Top Gun: Maverick has already been delayed once, shifting from July 2019 to mid-2020, as producers needed more time to finesse the complex flight sequences.

And Kosinski insisted he is opposed to any alternative release options for his movie, such as video-on-demand.

“If there’s no big screen, then you don’t want to release this movie. We want this to be a shared experience on the biggest screen possible,” the filmmaker added.

Top Gun: Maverick sees Tom Cruise reprise his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Val Kilmer back as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. Newcomers include Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Glen Powell.

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Top Gun: Maverick release postponed until December

Tom Cruise has announced that the release of his blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed by six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The action sequel, also starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Val Kilmer, was due to hit cin…

Tom Cruise has announced that the release of his blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed by six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The action sequel, also starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Val Kilmer, was due to hit cinemas on 24 June, but has now been postponed until 23 December, as cinema chains around the world remain closed amid the global pandemic.

“I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone,” Cruise, who is reprising his role from the 1986 original, wrote on Instagram and Twitter, alongside a still from the movie of his character Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell flying a fighter jet.

To accommodate the change in the schedule, Paramount Pictures executives have also moved the Chris Pratt sci-fi movie, The Tomorrow War, to an as-yet-unspecified date.

Top Gun: Maverick is now going up against the live-action/animated movie Tom & Jerry, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Pena, World War II drama The Nightingale, featuring Dakota and Elle Fanning, and DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods 2.

And it’s not the only movie with a new release date. Paramount Pictures’ horror A Quiet Place Part II, which was originally expected to hit cinemas on 20 March, will now open on 4 September.

John Krasinski’s follow-up to 2018’s A Quiet Place was pulled from schedules amid the growing Covid-19 pandemic, along with films such as No Time To Die, Wonder Woman 1984, Fast and Furious 9, and Black Widow.

Production has also been halted on films including The Batman, the third Fantastic Beasts film, and Uncharted.

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Kelly McGillis blames age and weight for Top Gun sequel snub

Actress Kelly McGillis is certain her age and appearance cost her a comeback role in Top Gun: Maverick.In the original 1986 movie, the 62-year-old played Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood, an astrophysicist and Naval flying instructor who became romantical…

Actress Kelly McGillis is certain her age and appearance cost her a comeback role in Top Gun: Maverick.

In the original 1986 movie, the 62-year-old played Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood, an astrophysicist and Naval flying instructor who became romantically involved with Tom Cruise’s character, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell.

Despite original castmembers Cruise and Val Kilmer returning, McGillis will not be part of the upcoming sequel, with fellow actress Jennifer Connelly scooping the leading lady role instead.

However, McGillis is unbothered by being left out, revealing to Entertainment Tonight that the Top Gun snub was because she doesn’t look like she did when she was a Hollywood pin-up in the 1980s.

“I’m old and I’m fat and I look age-appropriate for what my age is, and that is not what that whole scene is about,” she candidly told the outlet. “I’d much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age, as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff.”

While her onscreen love interest Cruise went on to have a hugely successful Hollywood career, McGillis moved away from Los Angeles to focus on her sobriety and raising her daughters in Asheville, North Carolina.

“It was very challenging for me to have any kind of sense of self or self-identity or real self-worth other than what I did for a living,” she shared. “And it just – it didn’t become a priority; what became the priority initially was raising my girls and being the best sober parent I could be.”

Despite not being included in the production, McGillis plans to see the film when it comes out, although it isn’t her top priority.

“I’m not racing to the theatre to see it,” she added. “It’s just not on my little list of things that I would like to get done.”

Top Gun: Maverick is set to be released in July 2020.

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Tom Cruise ensured his Top Gun: Maverick co-stars could handle G-force for real

Tom Cruise tested some of his Top Gun: Maverick co-stars to make sure they could withstand the G-force actual fighter pilots experience. Since the Mission: Impossible actor first played fighter pilot Maverick in 1986, he has obtained his pilot’s licen…

Tom Cruise tested some of his Top Gun: Maverick co-stars to make sure they could withstand the G-force actual fighter pilots experience.

Since the Mission: Impossible actor first played fighter pilot Maverick in 1986, he has obtained his pilot’s licence and shown off his skills on camera with aerial stunts in films such as 2017’s American Made and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

So, when he reprised the role of Maverick after 34 years, Cruise had much more piloting experience, and he used his knowledge to put the actors through their paces and ensure they could handle the G-force they would experience for real while flying the planes in the movie.

“We hired incredible actors, great cast, brilliant, but they also had to be able to fly in the airplane so we had to train them and actually test to see can they sustain these kinds of Gs because some people can’t fly this way,” he explained on U.S. TV show Conan.

“We spent months, and I tried to figure out how do I train them to be fighter pilots, and then I had to take the fighter pilots (from the Navy) who were flying the aircraft and really teach them about cinematography and editing.”

The action star was determined to carry out practical stunts rather than use digital effects, and accordingly, the team spent a long time figuring how to get the cameras in the planes during flight.

“Part of making this film was I really wanted to shoot it practical, we were working with the Navy, the greatest fighter pilots in the world, and we had to figure out how to get the cameras in there,” the 57-year-old continued. “It took all kinds of amazing engineering to be able to have the cameras be able to sustain the 8Gs it needed to sustain… So, when you’re seeing the G-force, it’s not a computer-generated image, it’s actually the actors in there, being the characters.”

Cruise surprised the audience at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Thursday by making an unexpected appearance to introduce the first trailer of the film, which is due for release in June 2020.

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Jon Hamm on Top Gun sequel: ‘It’s mind-blowing’

Jon Hamm is excited for fans to see the “out of this world” Top Gun sequel. The Mad Men actor has been cast alongside original stars Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer in the highly-anticipated movie, Top Gun: Maverick, set to be released next year. Hamm re…

Jon Hamm is excited for fans to see the “out of this world” Top Gun sequel.

The Mad Men actor has been cast alongside original stars Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer in the highly-anticipated movie, Top Gun: Maverick, set to be released next year.

Hamm refused to reveal any details about his character but did open up about the “never-before-seen” technology used by director Joseph Kosinski for the sequel to the 1986 cinema classic.

“I’ve seen some of the footage, it is out of this world,” he told Collider. “They’re using some technology on this that is never before seen. We’re shooting the movie in, I think, 6K. So it’s incredibly hi-def.

“The aerial footage is mind-blowing. And it’s mostly practical. There’s not a lot of CG. Those guys are really up in planes and getting thrown around in multiple Gs.”

The 48-year-old, who joins fellow Top Gun newbies Miles Teller, Ed Harris and Lewis Pullman for the follow-up film, also shared how he felt walking on to set, which was practically identical to the one used in the original film.

“It’s a very strange experience but it’s been a wonderful experience as well. It’s basically getting the whole team back together,” he explained, before revealing the cast and crew’s sadness at the death of the movie’s original director Tony Scott back in 2012.

“They’ve achieved a very similar vibe to the first one. I think it’s gonna be, for the people who love the first movie I think it’s gonna be very interesting to watch. It very much takes the story in a different direction. But I think for the new fans it’s gonna be something very cool, too,” Hamm added.

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Jay Ellis grateful for ‘mentor’ Tom Cruise while filming Top Gun: Maverick

Jay Ellis has praised original Top Gun star Tom Cruise for acting as his mentor on the set of long-awaited sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. Plot details about the follow-up to the 1986 action-drama remain under wraps, though the 37-year-old actor has now op…

Jay Ellis has praised original Top Gun star Tom Cruise for acting as his mentor on the set of long-awaited sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

Plot details about the follow-up to the 1986 action-drama remain under wraps, though the 37-year-old actor has now opened up about the support he has received from the Hollywood icon.

“It’s going to be an amazing movie,” Ellis told Entertainment Tonight. “Tom is that dude… Tom is literally going to make sure that we go there, and that this exceeds everyone’s expectations.

“We’ve been filming for about six months now, and we’ve got a few more to go. It’s been an amazing ride. Tom’s been a mentor.”

Cruise will reprise his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, alongside Val Kilmer, who returns as Tom “Iceman” Kazinsky, while Jon Hamm and Ed Harris have also signed up.

Ellis, who appears alongside lead actor Miles Teller in the sequel, also gave a shout-out to the huge production team – and star-studded cast – for their efforts in getting the movie off the ground.

“Joseph Kosinski, our director (has) been amazing, Jerry Bruckheimer’s been amazing, the whole cast,” the Insecure actor insisted. “I’m going to tell you right now, we are literally going to blow people’s minds.”

In Top Gun: Maverick, Cruise’s character will be working with pilot trainee Bradley Bradshaw (played by Teller), son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, Maverick’s partner in the original movie. The new film will reportedly explore dogfighting among fighter jets in the age of drones.

Top Gun: Maverick’s release date has moved from July 2019 to June 2020. Paramount Pictures bosses have not elaborated on the reason for the year-long delay, but a source previously told editors at The Wrap that “extensive visual effects work and complicated flight scenes” are to blame for the postponement.

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Tom Cruise confirms two more Mission: Impossible instalments are in the works

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022. On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalment…

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022.

On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalments, 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, had signed on to continue as writer and director of the seventh and eighth chapters, which would be shot back-to-back and be released in the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Cruise, who has played IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the action franchise since 1996, confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing a video of the M:I logo with fuses burning at both sides. In the caption, he wrote, “Summer 2021 and Summer 2022.”

McQuarrie also confirmed his returning roles by tweeting, “Missions: Accepted #MissionImpossible” and sharing Cruise’s post.

The news comes six months after the release of Fallout, which made more than $790 million (£614 million) at the global box office, a franchise best, and was the best-reviewed instalment so far.

McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, will now set to work on developing the script while Cruise finishes shooting Top Gun: Maverick, in which he reprises his role of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell more than 30 years after his original outing in 1986’s Top Gun. The sequel is set for release in June 2020.

Bosses at Paramount Pictures used to switch up directors of the Mission franchise with each instalment, but seemed to have settled on McQuarrie since 2015. He has also worked closely with Cruise at other points in his career – writing and directing his 2012 movie Jack Reacher and serving as scribe for his movie The Mummy, Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow.

According to Variety, Mission: Impossible is likely to begin filming later in 2019. It is not yet known if franchise regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson will return.

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Jon Hamm and Ed Harris join Top Gun sequel

Jon Hamm and Ed Harris have joined the cast of Top Gun: Maverick.Preliminary production on the upcoming military action-drama, a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, has already begun in California, with Tom Cruise set to reprise his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitch…

Jon Hamm and Ed Harris have joined the cast of Top Gun: Maverick.

Preliminary production on the upcoming military action-drama, a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, has already begun in California, with Tom Cruise set to reprise his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, and Miles Teller taking on the part of Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Anthony Edwards’ character Nick “Goose” Bradshaw in the original.

Now, producers have rounded out the casting for the new film, as editors at Deadline have reported that Hamm and Harris have signed on to appear, in addition to Lean on Pete star Lewis Pullman. No details of their characters have been confirmed so far.

The content of the Paramount feature has mostly been kept under wraps, but studio executives have revealed that Cruise’s Maverick will now be a flight instructor at the Top Gun school.

Joseph Kosinski, who previously directed Cruise’s 2013 sci-fi flick Oblivion, is helming Top Gun: Maverick, while the Mission: Impossible star will also produce the flick alongside original Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as David Ellison and executive producer Tommy Harper.

The filmmaker will be working from a script written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer.

Earlier this week (beg20Aug18), it was announced that Monica Barbaro had been cast as Teller’s love interest, marking the actress’ first major Hollywood role.

According to Variety, Barbaro was one of several actresses who had undergone screen tests with the Fantastic Four actor and was selected for the role by executives over the weekend (18-19Aug18).

The 28-year-old is a former ballet dancer who is known for portraying the character of Yael on the second season of Lifetime’s TV series UnREAL. Among the other actors cast in the film are Jojo Rabbit’s Thomasin McKenzie, GLOW’s Bashir Salahuddin, Insecure’s Jay Ellis and Assassination Nation’s Danny Ramirez.

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Monica Barbaro lands love interest role in Top Gun 2

Monica Barbaro has been cast as Miles Teller’s love interest in Top Gun: Maverick.Preliminary production on the upcoming military action-drama, a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, has already begun in California, with Tom Cruise set to reprise his role as Pete…

Monica Barbaro has been cast as Miles Teller’s love interest in Top Gun: Maverick.

Preliminary production on the upcoming military action-drama, a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, has already begun in California, with Tom Cruise set to reprise his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, and Miles taking on the part of Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Anthony Edwards’ character Nick “Goose” Bradshaw in the original.

Now, producers have rounded out the casting for the new film, with Variety reporting that rising talent Monica will play a pilot who is romantically involved with Miles’ character.

According to the film publication, Monica was one of several actresses who had undergone screen tests with the Whiplash actor and was selected for the role by executives over the weekend (18-19Aug18).

The 28-year-old is a former ballet dancer who is known for portraying the character of Yael on the second season of Lifetime’s TV series UnREAL. She has also had parts in legal dramas Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice, with Top Gun: Maverick set to be her first major Hollywood feature.

The second Top Gun instalment will follow Tom’s Maverick as he mentors a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots.

Among the other actors cast in the film are Jojo Rabbit’s Thomasin McKenzie, GLOW’s Bashir Salahuddin, Insecure’s Jay Ellis and Assassination Nation’s Danny Ramirez.

In addition, Val Kilmer will once again portray Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, while Jennifer Connelly and Glen Powell will have central roles. The film is being produced by Tom, David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, with Tom’s Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski helming it.

Top Gun: Maverick is slated for release in July 2019.

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