Top Gun Maverick: Tom Cruise plays timid about future films in the franchise

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After more than three decades of Top Gun wow audiences, the release of Part Two – Top Gun: Maverick – has fans wondering if more installments might be coming out in the future.

The new film sees Tom Cruise return to the air, reprising his role as pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell as he is tasked with teaching a group of Top Gun graduates the ropes.

With Maverick continuing to prove to be the absolute best and a new batch of budding pilots ready for action, does this mean the story will continue?

Thursday evening, Metro.co.uk He spoke to Tom at the film’s London premiere – attended by Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – to ask him this very question.

When asked if there will be more films in the franchise and if so, whether Maverick will return or pass the baton to the younger generation, the 59-year-old kept his cards close to his chest.

“I think I’ll just enjoy tonight this evening, here. It’s been 36 years since my last year and we’ve all worked so hard. It’s been a great evening,” he said beaming as he made his way onto the red carpet in Leicester Square.

The star was smiling as the movie was a hit on its way to London (Photo: Metro.co.uk)

“To finally open it up and see the people, how much they enjoy it, and I don’t know…everything everyone has been through, to be able to look and see everyone dressed so nicely… It’s a beautiful evening.”

Executive Producer Christopher Macquarie, who has worked with Tom on several occasions on films including Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible and Edge of Tomorrow, has partnered with Metro.co.uk When Top Gun: Maverick creators knew the movie was all they could hope for.

“I would say I knew we had something the first time we tested the movie,” he said at the UK premiere.

It was too rough a look, the music wasn’t done, the sound design wasn’t done, and the Lady Gaga song wasn’t into it. There was spontaneous applause. That’s when I knew we had something special.

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

The film took 36 years to make (Photo: Paramount Pictures via AP)

Tom Cruise in Top Gun

All these years later, the Maverick still knows how to rule the sky (Photo: Paramount/Kopal/Rex/Shutterstock)

He added that despite being a longtime collaborator with the Hollywood star, Tom still had the ability to surprise him on set.

“There is always a surprise, there is always a level you weren’t expecting. There is a choice you weren’t planning on,” he said.

I think I’ll know exactly what Tom is going to do when I bring him something, and he constantly surprises me or looks at him from a different perspective. That’s any day at work with Tom.

Top Gun: Maverick introduces viewers to several new cast members, including Miles Teller as Lt. Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s late best friend Goose.

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Jon Hamm is introduced as Vice Admiral Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson, while the long-awaited Val Kilmer returns as Admiral Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky, Maverick’s former rival and close friend.

Top Gun: Maverick was originally slated for a 2019 release, but was delayed first to allow more time to work on the flight sequence, and then insufficiently due to the pandemic and scheduling conflicts.

Top Gun: Maverick will be available to watch in UK cinemas from Friday 27 May.

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