Tom Cruise could yet show up in
Top Gun 2
, if the team behind the sequel have anything to do with it.
Previous unconfirmed rumours had it that the star would briefly reprise his role of Maverick - the daredevil pilot who was the star of the 1986 Top Gun - in the upcoming sequel.
Now, screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie - most famous for penning twisty mystery The Usual Suspects - has confirmed to Vulture that “there is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role”.
Which either means McQuarrie and returning director Tony Scott need to find a way to woo back Cruise (can it really be that hard considering the man just made the pap-happy Knight & Day ?), or find a lookey-likey big name to replace him (we hear Ben Stiller’s available…)
With the plot of the sequel, according to Scott, surrounding a group of Airforce computer nerds who control fighter planes by remote, it's hard to figure out just where Maverick would fit in. A Maverick piloting a remote control plane is not a Maverick we want to see.
Really, this could go either way. Cruise remains convinced he’s America’s hero, which could either destroy Gun 2 , or give it a vital edge. We’re hoping for the latter…