The sequel to the 1986 blockbuster movie Top Gun is all set to hit the theatres on May 27 this year. It will premier first at the Cannes Film festival, 2022. Top Gun was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in the year 2015 and is thus a classic. So the fact that film lovers are excited it’s sequel would be an understatement.
How will the action be? What characters are coming back? Which stars will entertain us in the sequel and a million other questions. The movie was earlier set to release in summer 2019 but kept on getting delayed. But now nothing’s stopping it from rocking the theatres.
Will we see Kilmer in the new top gun movie?
Well, that has been one of the most asked questions about the upcoming film. It’s because Kilmer’s character Iceman is of great significance to the story. To clear up your doubts, YES, Kilmer is returning to the franchise. Even though his health condition isn’t exactly as he would have wanted, he’s still extremely eager to be back to the Film.
What’s wrong with Kilmer’s health?
Vil Kilmer’s character Iceman in the OG Top Gun movie was Maverick’s arch enemy and of course an important character to the story. His presence was something inescapable from the sequel movie. Fans as well as the makers and actors themselves wanted to have Vil back in the movie. But there was one trouble. Actor Vil Kilmer has been sick for a while now.
He was diagnosed with throat cancer in the year 2014 and he underwent a surgery. Although the surgery was successful, it left him with no voice and a few scars on his neck. Therefore, every fan of Top Gun had had this dilemma, wether he’ll return as Iceman or not.
The actor told Daily Mail that he “begged” for his character to return in this new movie and asked if he could be given voice using AI. Sonatic, an English company of artificial intelligence has thus given voice to Iceman using recordings throughout Vil’s career.
What does Maverick have to say about it?
The 59 year old actor, Tom Cruise who plays the character of Maverick “really rallied hard for him (Vil) to make the movie. What Tom wanted was to have that special tinge of originality in the new movie and he knew Maverick’s arch rival was necessary.
He said, “We have to have Val, we have to have him back.” Tom also talked about Vil’s talent as an actor and a special scene of the two from the upcoming movie. He talked about the scene saying “it’s just very special.” And this definitely already has the audience hooked.
Makers on having Vil on the sets
Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer said that everybody involved in making of the movie wanted Vil to be a part of it, but it was Tom’s enthusiasm and determination that made it possible. Praising how talented Vil is as an actor and an individual, Jerry added that them returning to the sets after 36 years of the success of the first Top Gun movie was a very emotional process.