Tom Cruise is returning to the cockpit in “Top Gun: Maverick,” a sequel to the 1986 cult classic that helped make him a Hollywood superstar. But in a new Super Bowl tv spot, there are hints that time is catching up to him.
Amidst shots of dangerous dogfights in the mountains, we hear the voice of Miles Teller as Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s wingman Goose in the original film who died in an accident. “My Dad believed in you,” says Rooster to Maverick. “I’m not going to make the same mistake.”
We also see Maverick continuing to fight against age to stay in the skies, even though, as we hear one officer say, his reckless antics have left him long overdue for a dishonorable discharge. Despite this, Maverick is bent on confronting the ghosts of his past and to take on a mission that may require him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
“Top Gun: Maverick” stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris alongside Cruise, with Val Kilmer also returning as Maverick’s rival Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, who unlike Maverick has turned in his wings to become an admiral. Joseph Kosinski directs the film, which will be released by Paramount on June 26.
Watch the Super Bowl TV spot above.