Val Kilmer joins Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun' sequel

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Kilmer first signaled his interest in returning for the movie a year ago, shortly after it was confirmed by Cruise that the sequel was for real, no fooling, happening.

A follow-up to Tony Scott's 1986 hit has been in the works for quite some time, with Tom Cruise interested in reprising his role as United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.

It's official! Maverick will not be without Iceman in the highly anticipated Top Gun 2!

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Val Kilmer will reprise his role as a Navy fighter pilot in the original Top Gun for the upcoming sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film also starred Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins.

Back in 2015, Kilmer had announced on Facebook that he was attached to the project, saying that "N$3 ot often you get to say "yes" without reading the script".

Kilmer has been vying for the Top Gun: Maverick role since it was announced past year. After an enthusiastic response, however, the actor then added a cautionary note to his announcement that he may have "jumped the topgun" and that "being offered a role is very different from doing a role". Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) have revealed that the story "follows fighter pilots dealing with a world in which drone technology is making their old style of flying obsolete".

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Oh yes, Tom "Iceman" Kazansky will be getting back into the cockpit again.

Top Gun: Maverick will open on July 12, 2019.

"Listen, it's an iconic character that [Cruise] helped create", the film's producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, told ET past year.

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