Jennifer Connelly in Early Talks to Join Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Sequel is looking at a September production start in San Diego

Last Updated: July 20, 2018 @ 1:57 PM

Jennifer Connelly is in early talks to join Tom Cruise for the “Top Gun” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

“Top Gun: Maverick” is set to hit theaters on July 12, 2019. Joseph Kosinski is directing from a script by Eric Warren Singer, Peter Craig and Justin Marks. Tony Scott had been circling the sequel project prior to his 2012 death. Miles Teller will also star, along with “Top Gun” alum Val Kilmer.

The original action movie — which also starred Edwards and Kelly McGillis — followed the exploits of a flight academy and its students. The long-awaited sequel to Tony Scott’s 1986 action blockbuster will follow Cruise’s aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who is now a mentor to a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots.

“Top Gun: Maverick” is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison for Skydance. Cruise also serves as a producer.

Connelly will next star in “Alita: Battle Angel” and most recently starred in the TV series “Snowpiercer.” Her other credits include “American Pastoral,” “Noah,” “Winter’s Tale,” “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Blood Diamond.”

She is represented by CAA, RMS Productions and 42West.