NASA officials determined to make Tom Cruise space movie happen

Officials at NASA are doing everything they can to ensure Tom Cruise’s new space movie will happen.News broke earlier this month that the Hollywood movie star would be heading into new intergalactic heights by teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace comp…

Officials at NASA are doing everything they can to ensure Tom Cruise’s new space movie will happen.

News broke earlier this month that the Hollywood movie star would be heading into new intergalactic heights by teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and experts at NASA to become the first person to shoot a movie aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

According to editors at Deadline, Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman is helming the as-yet-untitled project, and while plot details are firmly under wraps, NASA administrator James Bridenstine is adamant his team is working hard to get the project underway.

“People ask me about Tom Cruise all the time now,” he said at the delayed SpaceX rocket launch in Florida on Wednesday. “The answer is yes, we would love for Tom Cruise to fly to the International Space Station and make a movie. I’m all for that.

“We’re going to do what we can to make that happen,” Bridenstine added, noting that he was inspired to become a Navy pilot after watching Cruise in the 1986 classic, Top Gun.

“There was a day when I was in elementary school and I saw Top Gun. From that day, I knew I was going to be a Navy pilot. It’s just the way it was. If we can get Tom Cruise to inspire an elementary kid to join the Navy and be a pilot, why can’t we get Tom Cruise to inspire the next Elon Musk?” he asked. “It’s all about the next generation.”

In addition to directing, Liman is also writing the first draft of the screenplay and will produce alongside Cruise.

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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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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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Glen Powell thrilled to be feeling the need for speed in Top Gun sequel

Actor Glen Powell has confirmed reports he has joined the Top Gun sequel cast by sharing a snap of himself on the set. The 29-year-old Hidden Figures star initially lost a role in the Tom Cruise film to Miles Teller, but reports suggest producers were…

Actor Glen Powell has confirmed reports he has joined the Top Gun sequel cast by sharing a snap of himself on the set.

The 29-year-old Hidden Figures star initially lost a role in the Tom Cruise film to Miles Teller, but reports suggest producers were so impressed with him, they offered Powell another part in Top Gun: Maverick.

“Guess some things aren’t so classified…,” he wrote under a shot of himself wearing aviators and a bomber jacket while posing in front of a fighter jet on Instagram. “This movie is one of the reasons I became an actor. It’s why I always go low after a high-five, always fall in love with my teachers, say things like ‘clean ’em and fry ’em’ on a daily basis, end volleyball games in oiled-up flexing, and why I can blame all my speeding tickets on Kenny Loggins.”

Loggins recorded the Top Gun theme, Danger Zone.

“In all seriousness,” Powell adds, “I just had my ten-year anniversary since moving from Austin to Los Angeles to give acting a shot. Victories are rare, dreams are mostly broken, so I am truly grateful for everyone in my life who’s helped me beat the odds to get into this flight suit.

“This role is a dream come true. Don’t ever give up. Missile Lock is Real.”

After losing the role of Goose’s son in the sequel to Teller, Powell retweeted the casting news, joking: “I’m taking down all the Tom Cruise posters in my bedroom. Maybe, I’ll leave one. Two for symmetry. Okay, the posters are staying.”

The Top Gun sequel will also feature Val Kilmer and Jennifer Connelly.

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Nicholas Hoult and Miles Teller among frontrunners for Top Gun 2 role

Actors Nicholas Hoult and Miles Teller are reportedly two of the favourites to join Tom Cruise onscreen in the highly-anticipated Top Gun sequel. The long-awaited follow-up is thought to be in the early stages of production, with Cruise reprising his …

Actors Nicholas Hoult and Miles Teller are reportedly two of the favourites to join Tom Cruise onscreen in the highly-anticipated Top Gun sequel.

The long-awaited follow-up is thought to be in the early stages of production, with Cruise reprising his role as hotshot pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell at the end of May (18) on location near San Diego, California.

However, it seems filming has been paused as Cruise and his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski fill out the rest of the cast, before the screen icon embarks on a global press tour for his other upcoming blockbuster, Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Cruise and his fellow producers, including movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer, have been holding screen tests in recent weeks to find the perfect fit for the son of Maverick’s wingman and best pal Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, the character originally played by Anthony Edwards, who was killed off in the 1986 military drama.

Among those allegedly being considered for the part were The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien and Zoey 101 actor Austin Butler, but now the shortlist has been whittled down to X-Men: First Class star Nicholas Hoult, Whiplash’s Miles Teller, and Hidden Figures actor Glen Powell, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Twins Aaron and Adam Weiss previously shared the role of the young Bradley Bradshaw in filmmaker Tony Scott’s original Top Gun, with Meg Ryan starring as his mother, Carole.

It’s not yet known if Meg will be reuniting with Cruise for the sequel, but earlier this month (Jun18), Val Kilmer was confirmed to be returning as rival pilot, Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky.

Top Gun: Maverick, which will feature Cruise’s character serving as a mentor for a new generation of young U.S. Navy fighter pilots, is scheduled to open in movie theatres next summer (Jul19).

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Tom Cruise hints Top Gun sequel shoot is underway

Tom Cruise has hinted he has started filming hotly anticipated air force action sequel Top Gun: Maverick. Fans of the 1986 military drama, in which Tom played hotshot pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, have long demanded a follow-up – and the star teased…

Tom Cruise has hinted he has started filming hotly anticipated air force action sequel Top Gun: Maverick.

Fans of the 1986 military drama, in which Tom played hotshot pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, have long demanded a follow-up – and the star teased the new movie on Twitter on (30May18) by posting a picture of himself back in U.S. Air Force gear and looking at his character’s F-14A Tomcat plane.

Beneath the image, which also includes the words “Feel the need” – a famous line from the first film – he simply wrote “#Day1”, indicating that filming has already begun.

Last year, the original’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer, announced Oblivion filmmaker Joseph Kosinski would direct. Harold Faltermeyer, who created Top Gun’s iconic synthesiser score, is also returning.

Val Kilmer, who played Maverick’s rival Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky in the first film, has also teased he’d like to come back – although he is yet to be confirmed as a member of the cast.

The project has long been in the pipeline but was delayed by the death of the original movie’s director, Tony Scott, in 2012.

However, Skydance Media founder David Ellison revealed in 2015 that development was continuing and divulged some plot details.

He explained that the second film would be set in the present day and explore the implications of drone warfare.

David told Collider: “It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology, and fifth-generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce, so it’s really exploring the ‘end of an era’ of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.”

Top Gun: Maverick is set for release in July 2019, a year after Tom’s latest action blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Fallout hits cinemas.

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