Tom Cruise starrer Top Gun: Maverick are pushed further amid a surge in the delta variant of COVID-19 where Top Gun: Maverick was initially scheduled to release on Novembee 19, 2021 will now open in theaters on May 27, 2022 and Mission: Impossible 7 and Jackass Forever, Paramount’s remaining 2021 releases, have also been pushed to 2022.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently revealed that Tom Cruise was adamant that Val Kilmer would return to the fold, explaining to People: “He said, ‘We have to have Val, we have to have him back. We have to have him in the film’.
The sequel was originally scheduled to be released on July 12, 2019, but was then delayed for almost a year until June 26, 2020, and then again until July 17, 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic ongoing and its impact on the entertainment industry, then the film was delayed until December 23, 2020 before moving back to 2021. Paramount set a July release date, but it was pushed back to November again.
Top Gun: Maverick also sees Tom Cruise truly in the pilot seat. He had expressed his desire to fly the fighter jets for real and demanded the stunts be “practical, no CGI.”
Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), the film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Manny Jacinto, and Ed Harris.