Hidden Figures star Glen Powell joins Top Gun 2: Maverick
Hidden Figures star Glen Powell has scored a key role in Top Gun 2: Maverick.
Top Gun was released in 1986 and starred Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis and told the story of a group of students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school, who compete to be best in the class, with a sequel now in production.
Powell had previously been in the running for the role of the son of Maverick’s wingman and best pal, Goose, but lost out to Miles Teller. However, producers were sufficiently impressed with Powell that they have found another role for him in the movie.
Joseph Kosinski, best known for directing Tron: Legacy, takes charge of the sequel, which will reportedly be set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters and will explore the end of an era of dogfighting, a key feature of the original film. Production is now underway.
German composer Harold Faltermeyer, who created the much-loved synth score of Top Gun, has also confirmed that he will be returning to the production. Cruise and Kilmer will both return to star.
The sequel, which is titled Top Gun: Maverick, is due in cinemas on July 12th in 2019.