New Top Gun: Maverick featurette takes the actors to the sky

Do you feel the need? The need for speed? Almost four decades have passed since top gun pierced that catchphrase into our collective psyches. Later this week, Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick. In the sequel, Maverick is training a new generation of Top Gun pilots, and he takes that duty very seriously. Cruise also felt it was important to teach the new cast of actors how to convincingly portray elite pilots. And as seen in a new video, Cruise insisted that the new actors learn to fly for their roles.

As shown in the video, the cast went through several months of training for the film. Perhaps the most harrowing part of that training was a simulated submarine evacuation. From there, the actors were taught how to fly their own planes in stages and how to manage movement and spatial awareness within the cockpit. However, Cruise and company went a step further. The actors weren’t just flying their planes, they were also shooting their footage in the cockpit for the movie. That’s the kind of thing they don’t teach you in film school!

Here’s the official synopsis for the film, courtesy of Paramount Pictures:

“After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s finest aviators, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the limits as a fearless test pilot and dodging the promotion that would leave him. on land. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick meets Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: ‘Rooster’, the son of the late friend from Maverick. and Radar Intercept Officer Lieutenant Nick Bradshaw, aka ‘Goose’. Facing an uncertain future and facing the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.”

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick.

Jennifer Connelly also stars in the film as Penny Benjamin, with Jon Hamm as Vice Admiral Beau “Cyclone” Simpson, Glen Powell as Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin, Ed Harris as Rear Admiral Chester “Hammer” Cain, Monica Barbaro as Lt. Natasha ”. Phoenix” Trace, Jay Ellis as Lt. Reuben “Payback” Fitch, Danny Ramirez as Lt. Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia, Greg Tarzan Davis as Lt. Javy “Coyote” Machado, and Charles Parnell as Rear Admiral Solomon “Warlock” Bates. Val Kilmer will also briefly reprise his role as Maverick’s friend and former rival, Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.

Joseph Kosinski directed the film from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie. Peter Craig and Justin Marks came up with the story for the sequel. Top Gun: Maverick It will hit theaters this Friday, May 27.

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