Top Gun 2 Release Delayed To 2020

The bird just had a rough start.

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It's been more than 30 years since Tony Scott's action drama Top Gun landed on theater runways. And while fans are excited about the sequel, unfortunately, they'll have to wait another year. Deadline reports that the upcoming Top Gun film has been pushed out of its summer 2019 date.

According to Deadline, Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to 1986's Top Gun, has been moved from its July 12, 2019 release date to a new June 26, 2020 release date. The delay is being cited as allowing the production team to complete the elaborate flight sequences.

Top Gun: Maverick's cast features a litany of talent, including Glen Powell (The Dark Knight Rises), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Jennifer Connelly (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Miles Teller (Whiplash). Additionally, Top Gun alumni Val Kilmer has been cast to reprise his role as Commander Tom "Iceman" Kazansky.

It's also been announced that Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW), Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), Ed Harris (Snowpiercer), Jon Hamm (Tag), Lewis Pullman (The Strangers: Prey at Night), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) would all be joining the expanding roster.

This highly-anticipated sequel has been in development for years. Tony Scott was said to be looking to return to direct the sequel, but he tragically passed away in 2012. Thankfully, all other parties involved were still interested in making the film.

Legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed in January 2016 that he was in talks with Tom Cruise about a potential sequel to Top Gun. But it wasn't until May 2018 that we got confirmation from Cruise himself, who took to Twitter to share a teaser image announcing that a Top Gun sequel was in production. Joseph Kosinski--who's worked with Cruise on 2013's sci-fi film Obvilion and has revived another '80s property, 2010's Tron: Legacy--is directing Top Gun: Maverick.

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