Kilmer confirms that Francis Ford Coppola and Gene Hackman are not involved in the sequel
Val Kilmer has clarified his recent Facebook post about Top Gun 2, admitting that he “jumped the gun” by suggesting he had accepted a role in the sequel.
In a Facebook status posted on Monday night, the actor appeared to say that he would be starring opposite Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman – who announced his retirement in 2008 – in the sequel. Kilmer also appeared to reveal that the sequel would be directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the legendary filmmaker behind Apocalypse Now and The Godfather. Tony Scott, director of the original Top Gun film, sadly committed suicide in August 2012.
However, after fans reacted with surprise to Kilmer’s apparent claims, the actor returned to Facebook to clarify his comments. “Francis Coppola and Gene Jackman are examples of what an actor says ‘yes’ to. They are not involved. So sorry for the misunderstanding,” he posted last night.
He also edited his original Facebook post to confirm that Top Gun 2 is not definitely happening yet. “This is a long way off so calm down,” Kilmer wrote. “This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun… An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent…”
Kilmer played “Iceman” Kazanski opposite Cruise’s “Maverick” Mitchell in the original 1986 Top Gun film. In June, the CEO of the production company behind the long-mooted sequel, Skydance’s David Ellison, revealed that a script for Top Gun 2 was being written with Cruise’s character, Maverick, in mind.
Ellison said at the time: “There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick.” While promoting Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in July, Cruise spoke with cautious optimism about the sequel, saying: “If we can figure it out, it would be fun to do.”