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'Top Gun: Maverick' trivia and fun facts

Tony Scott The original film's director, Tony Scott, had Top Gun: Maverick among his projects, but a day before his scheduled meeting with Tom Cruise, he committed suicide, leaving the project unknown in its development status.
New meeting This is the second collaboration between Jon Hamm and Lewis Pullman since 'Bad Times in the Royale'.
From sequel to sequel This marks the third time Tom Cruise has appeared in a sequel to his earlier film, following 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Jack Reacher'.
An doubtful appearance It was unknown if Val Kilmer was going to be in the movie due to his battle with throat cancer.
Older than Viper Tom Cruise is now older in real life than Tom Skerritt's Viper was in the original Top Gun (1986).
Miles Teller Miles Teller was cast in the role of Goose's son, beating out the likes of Nicholas Hoult and Glen Powell. All three were flown to the home of Tom Cruise, the star of the film, for chemistry tests. Powell was later cast in the film in a role beefed up for him, having impressed Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as executives at Paramount Pictures and Skydance with his auditions.
Original release date The original release date of July 12th, 2019, was pushed back to June 26th, 2020 due to extensive visual effects and complicated flight scenes.
An age thing Tom Cruise will be 57, at the time of the film's June 2020 release. He was 24 during the first film's release, which will be 33 years older when it's sequel releases.