Mad Men star Jon Hamm has joined the cast of Tom Cruise’s forthcoming action-drama follow-up Top Gun: Maverick, Variety is reporting.
Joe Kosinski (Oblivion) will direct the flick, a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, from a screenplay by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer. The new feature will follow Goose’s son (Miles Teller, Whiplash) training under his dad’s old partner Maverick (Cruise) in the encroaching era of drone warfare. Val Kilmer is also set to return as fellow pilot Iceman. Ed Harris, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez and Monica Barbaro round out the cast.
The original was an enormously profitable success, netting Paramount $350 million on a budget of just $15 million. No details on who Hamm is expected to be playing have yet been released. He was last seen in comedy Tag.
Top Gun: Maverick is eyeing a July 12th, 2019 release date.
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