‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Surrounds Tom Cruise With Diverse Cadets


Call them “Top Gun” … the next generation.”Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to the 1986 classic, is adding a bunch of new cast members to complement star Tom Cruise, who is returning as Maverick. Donning aviators are Thomasin McKenzie (“Jojo Rabbit”), Charles Parnell (“A Million Little Pieces”), Jay Ellis (“Insecure”), Bashir Salahuddin (“GLOW”), Danny Ramirez (“Assassination Nation”), and Monica Barbaro (“The Good Cop”).
They join already-announced cast members Val Kilmer (reprising his role as Iceman), Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Glen Powell.
Connelly plays a single mother who runs a local bar near the Navy base and McKenzie will play her daughter. Up-and-comers Ellis, Ramirez, and Barbaro will be cadets in the  elite fighter pilot school, alongside Teller as Maverick’s protege and the son of his dead wingman Nick “Goose” Bradshaw.
Veterans Parnell and Salahuddin will play an admiral and an engineer, respectively. Powell, who tried out for the role of Goose’s son, has an undisclosed part that was beefed up for him. 
“Top Gun 2” opens in theaters July 12, 2019.

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