Top Gun: Maverick nears release

He wasn't expecting an invitation back, but nearly thirty-six years to the day since the iconic 1986 film Top Gun, Tom Cruise will return as Captain Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in its sequel, Top Gun: Maverick; to be released in the UK and US on May 25 and 27 this year, respectively.

Introduced to his co-stars as their instructor, who is one of the finest pilots the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School, aka Top Gun, has ever produced, Maverick is assigned to a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a special mission. Top Gun: Maverick will see Val Kilmer reprise his role of Iceman; alongside new actors, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller. In the film, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice.

Watch the trailer below for this competition film about family, friendship, more volleyball and sacrifice. Top Gun: Maverick, a love letter to aviation, was written by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski.

The efforts of filmmakers and naval aviators alike to bring this major movie and its predecessor to the big screen can be read about on Key.Aero this week as we mark the release of this highly anticipated film and the real TOPGUN program it focuses on.