A new trailer for the long-awaited Top Gun follow-up, Top Gun: Maverick has just dropped, and features Tom Cruise stepping back into one of his most iconic movie roles of all time to teach some new trainee pilots how it’s done Maverick-style. From the look of the trailer, this movie could potentially be a smash-hit for fans new and old.

Cruise leads an almost all-new cast, including his trainees who are played by Miles TellerGlen PowellLewis PullmanJay Ellis and Monica Barbaro. Teller has a memorable scene in the trailer where he reveals he is the son of Maverick’s late friend from the original Top Gun, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, who, spoiler alert, dies in a major moment of the film’s story. Other actors entering the Top Gun world for the first time are Jon HammJennifer Connelly and Ed Harris. It has also been teased that Val Kilmer is in the movie, who played Admiral Tom “Ice Man” Kazansky in the original film.

The trailer showed some extremely impressive dogfights in a wide variety of locales. Clearly Maverick has some intense training planned for the newbies, and they will probably be facing some significant threats in the new movie.

Top Gun: Maverick was first set for release on July 12, 2019, but it was later delayed because the production still needed “to work out all the complex flight sequences.” After the initial delays, the COVID-19 pandemic caused significantly more hurdles for the film’s release, and it will now finally premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2022.

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