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Top Gun: Maverick to feature Son of Goose

Goose provided an emotional spine to Top Gun when he is killed by accident and Maverick blames himself

According The Hollywood Reporter, Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel of the legendary Top Gun movie starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer is looking to cast the son of Maverick’s Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), Goose (played by Anthony Edwards in the original).

Nicholas Hoult, Glen Powell and Miles Teller are the frontrunners for the role in Top Gun 2.

Noteworthy Goose provided an emotional spine to the movie when he is killed by accident and Maverick blames himself.

The original featured Goose’s son as a young boy, with Meg Ryan playing his mother.

Producers — who include Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer and Skydance’s David Ellison — have been testing actors for several weeks, winnowing the list down to Hoult, Powell and Teller. Dylan O’Brien and Austin Butler were among those in the mix in a previous stage.

Insiders say some of the final round of testing took place earlier this week in Clearwater, Florida, where Cruise lives and is prepping to launch his press tour for Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

As we have already reported the long-awaited Top Gun sequel will also see Kenny Loggins re-recording ‘Danger Zone’ for the movie. “I met Tom Cruise on Fallon and I asked him that question. He said ‘Of course we have to use Danger Zone.’ So I’d probably do it maybe as a duet with a young act,” said Loggins. “We’ll reinvent ‘Danger Zone’, to a point. That’s what I’m hoping to do.”

Tom Cruise teased the start of filming on the long-awaited Top Gun sequel on May 31, 2018 with a tweet featuring an image of an older Capt. Pete Mitchell standing in a flight suit with his famous HGU-33 helmet (that wore to fly his F-14A Tomcat) in hand.

Curiously the fighter aircraft shown in the of the photo of new promo is an F/A-18F Super Hornet and not the F-35C Lightning II that many predicted would star in the film.

Top Gun: Maverick is slated to hit theaters on July 12, 2019.

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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