Where are they now? Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer
Feel the need for speed! Since its inception nearly four decades ago, Superior gun was considered an American classic – and it finally got a sequel.
The film, which was released on May 16, 1986, follows a group of Top Gun Naval Fighters as they learn to train and hone their elite flying skills. When star pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) joins the team, his reckless behavior puts him at odds with his fellow pilots – especially the “cool dude” Iceman (Val Kilmer). With the help of his friend Goose (Anthony Edwards), Maverick leaves not only to be the best fighter in his class, but to win the affection of the academy’s flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly Mc Gillis).
The action movie was an instant classic and inspired a generation to join the armed forces, with the US Navy reporting a 500% increase in admissions in the same year. Realized by Tony Scottthe film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 1987 for Best Original Song – “Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins.
The sequel to the adventure film, which debuted on May 27, 2022, serves as an ode to its predecessor. Joseph Kosinsky, who took over leadership of the franchise from Scott, explained the nerves he felt as a newcomer paying homage to the original while creating something new for viewers to enjoy. (Scott died by suicide in August 2012.)
“It’s kind of nerve-wracking, because we know we love the movie, but you never know how an audience is going to react — especially to something so loved,” the Iowa native explained in an interview. from May 2022 with Screen Rant. “Everyone has their own version or memory of the first movie or what they liked about it. I hope people will see how much we revere the first movie and at the same time wanted to tell our own story.
Cruise, for his part, recounted The Sunday Project that same month that his dream was to find a way to make the follow-up film even better than what came before it – once the time was right.
“I was thinking about the audience, what we could do to really entertain everyone and understand this stuff,” the actor told the outlet of revisiting the movie so many years later. “Before the opening of the original, we were talking about [making a sequel] …and as a young actor, I wasn’t ready to do that. I was training in film and history and over time, every year I would release a film, people would say, “What about Superior gun?’ So I would go and think, ‘What could I do?’ I’ve always looked for an interesting story. …I felt like [Miles Teller as Goose’s son Bradley Bradshaw] was a [worthy] moving story.
Scroll below to see where the original cast of Superior gun it’s today: