The high octane film “Top Gun” remains a staple of 1980s culture. Not only was the film a massive hit with audiences, but it launched the careers of many in its cast. The film was also won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Take My Breathe Away,” and received 3 other nominations. The film’s soundtrack is iconic in its own right, bringing Kenny Loggins “Highway to the Danger Zone” to every pump up CD made since. The choice to make a sequel twenty years later felt strange at one time. However, the success of films like “Creed” has kicked off the belated sequel train once again. Now, “Top Gun: Maverick” may have found its Goose.
According to several sources including Deadline, Miles Teller has officially joined the cast of “Top Gun: Maverick” in a significant role. Teller will play the son of Goose (Anthony Edwards) from the first film. Spoiler alert for “Top Gun” if you haven’t seen it, but Goose dies in a plane crash towards the end of the film. His death destroys Tom Cruise‘s Maverick character and leads him down a dark path as he struggles to cope with his friend’s death.
Obviously, the role that Teller just got is going to be a big one. While Cruise will likely still be the centerpiece of the film, Teller may go head-to-head with him on several occasions. Simply based on the role, a relationship similar to the one in “Whiplash” seems likely. Cruise could really turn on his movie star charm, and if he goes the Sylvester Stallone route may find himself contending next year at Oscar. This is all premature, but the potential is definitely there. In the meantime, we just have to wait for one of 2019’s most anticipated sequels.