Val Kilmer confirmed to reprise Iceman in Top Gun 2
Last week Tom Cruise delivered a picture from the first day of Top Gun 2 filming, and now The Wrap is confirming that Val Kilmer will return as Maverick’s rival Tom “Iceman” Kazansky as well. In 2015 Kilmer announced that he’d been offered the film, which he accepted without reading the script.
Joseph Kosinski, who previously directed Cruise in Oblivion, will helm the sequel, with Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer penning the script. Although the title Top Gun: Maverick floated around briefly, the film is currently without an official title.
A follow-up to Tony Scott’s 1986 hit has been in the works for quite some time, with Tom Cruise interested in reprising his role as United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer previously outlined that the film will deal with the rise of unmanned drones and pilots becoming a thing of the past.
The original Top Gun was directed by Tony Scott and also starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Take My Breath Away” performed by Berlin. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Paramount Pictures has set a Top Gun sequel release date for July 12, 2019.