Over the past few months, we’ve received bits of news about the “Top Gun” sequel. There was a spirited battle for the lead role of “Top Gun: Maverick,” which ultimately went to Miles Teller. Apparently, Glenn Powell impressed in that process and earned himself an expanded role in the film as well. With Teller, Powell, and of course, Tom Cruise leading the cast, the producers had wiggle room to round out the cast. It also picks up a new director, Joseph Kosinski, best known for directing “TRON: Legacy,” and “Oblivion.” It looks like they did a good job of using that room to add diversity.
The group of actors assembled for “Top Gun: Maverick” brings in women and various people of color to the franchise. It’s a good step for the franchise’s future. Among the cast are Thomasin McKenzie, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, and Monica Barbaro. The obvious standout is McKenzie, who has already drawn rave reviews for her work in “Leave No Trace” from earlier this year. Ellis has also emerged as a strong actor with roles in “Insecure” and “The Game” on television. Ramirez is set to appear in the upcoming “Assassination Nation,” and stars on “On My Block” on Netflix.
With even just a few of the new cast members, it’s nice to see another franchise building on young talent. “Top Gun” has the potential to become a much larger franchise. Cruise continues to be in top form after “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” but adding potential pieces to carry the franchise forward is never a bad thing. At bare minimum, they’re going to get a career boost.