Val Kilmer has revealed that he has accepted a role in a sequel to Top Gun.
In a Facebook status posted last night, the actor said that he will star opposite Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman in the sequel, adding that it will 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.
Kilmer also confirmed original Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s involvement in the sequel. Check out the actor’s status update below.
None of the key players mentioned by Kilmer – Tom Cruise, Francis Ford Coppola, Gene Hackman and Jerry Bruckheimer – has responded to what could be a rather premature announcement from the actor. However, 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.”
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 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.”