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Christopher McQuarrie says the role of 'Maverick' in the possible Top Gun sequel is the main lead

10.27.2010

Over the last couple of weeks, reports have appeared online about Paramount's newly kick-started development on TOP GUN 2. The first talked about who was being perused for the sequel. Namely, original director Tony Scott, writer Christopher McQuarrie, and of course, Tom Cruise, in what sources over at Vulture said to be "a smaller role" at the time.

Then just a couple of days ago, Tony Scott opened his mouth and declared not only his interest in returning for another TOP GUN, but his ideas on what he thought that film might be about. And what was that? Essentially, geeks controlling unmanned aircrafts and how that change in our Air Force's operations came about. Together, these reports brought about some doubt as to how prominent the role of 'Maverick' might even be.

But today, McQuarrie himself dropped a very quick line to Vulture, correcting the earlier report indicating that 'Maverick' wouldn't be the primary part:

"There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role."

Good! It seems like a no-brainer considering TOP GUN is practically synonymous with Cruise's name. And judging from all the reader responses, a Cruise-less or even just a minimized Cruise presence would seriously taint the appeal of a sequel.

My question, though - Is that story idea Scott talked about the same as what McQuarrie is writing? Have the two been in talks? I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Extra Tidbit: What role could Cruise play if it wasn't that of a Top Gun instructor?
Source: Vulture

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2:28AM on 10/28/2010
Good news about Maverick being the lead, but if it's not Cruise then I'm not interested in the LEAST! I know I'm not the only one either!
Good news about Maverick being the lead, but if it's not Cruise then I'm not interested in the LEAST! I know I'm not the only one either!
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2:13AM on 10/28/2010
PLEASE GOD MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!
PLEASE GOD MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!
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8:22PM on 10/27/2010
Just think if they get everyone back for this: Cruise, Kilmer, Ironside, Skerrit, even Tim Robbins! Could be a good one, but we'll see.
Just think if they get everyone back for this: Cruise, Kilmer, Ironside, Skerrit, even Tim Robbins! Could be a good one, but we'll see.
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4:28PM on 10/27/2010
I hope this mean we get Cocktail 2.....
I hope this mean we get Cocktail 2.....
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11:33AM on 10/27/2010

A real Top Gun 2 Idea!

Ok, enough of the Stealth re-do for a Top Gun idea! Stick with today and the essence of the first film. We were at war (Guess we still are) Why not center Maverick as what he wanted to be at the end of the first film AN INSTRUCTOR!!! And then have some new recruits that think theyre the next BIG THING and have Cruise train them about discipline and less cocky (Just like his character) I want credit for this.
Ok, enough of the Stealth re-do for a Top Gun idea! Stick with today and the essence of the first film. We were at war (Guess we still are) Why not center Maverick as what he wanted to be at the end of the first film AN INSTRUCTOR!!! And then have some new recruits that think theyre the next BIG THING and have Cruise train them about discipline and less cocky (Just like his character) I want credit for this.
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9:56AM on 10/27/2010
Only if Cruise does a wheelie on a crotch rocket will I watch this.
Only if Cruise does a wheelie on a crotch rocket will I watch this.
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9:52AM on 10/27/2010
Didn't we already see this movie? Wasn't it called Stealth? So, you're just going to make Stealth again with TopGun characters???
Didn't we already see this movie? Wasn't it called Stealth? So, you're just going to make Stealth again with TopGun characters???
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9:47AM on 10/27/2010
Great news. Cruise if Top Gun. Now just get Kilmer back.
Great news. Cruise if Top Gun. Now just get Kilmer back.
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7:27PM on 10/27/2010
Kilmer's all fat and stuff. He needs a personal trainer first hehe
Kilmer's all fat and stuff. He needs a personal trainer first hehe
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8:51AM on 10/27/2010
The Hobbit stays in New Zealand!!!Yeay!!
The Hobbit stays in New Zealand!!!Yeay!!
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8:39AM on 10/27/2010
No New Zealand, no Middle-earth! Wait, what are we talking about now? Oh yes, no Tom Cruise, no Top Gun 2!
No New Zealand, no Middle-earth! Wait, what are we talking about now? Oh yes, no Tom Cruise, no Top Gun 2!
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8:27AM on 10/27/2010
This could be bad ass. We better get Iceman and Slider back though. And don't shy away from using Danger Zone in the soundtrack. Please, no volleyball though . . .
This could be bad ass. We better get Iceman and Slider back though. And don't shy away from using Danger Zone in the soundtrack. Please, no volleyball though . . .
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8:00AM on 10/27/2010
Maybe it will be a subtitled movie with the lead being a predator drone
Maybe it will be a subtitled movie with the lead being a predator drone
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