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Top Gun 3 Reportedly In Development, Tom Cruise & 2 Maverick Stars To Return

Summary Top Gun 3 is in the works at Paramount with Tom Cruise set to reprise his role as Maverick, according to a new report.
Glen Powell and Miles Teller will also be returning for the sequel, having had prominent roles in the 2022 sequel.
Top Gun: Maverick co-writer Ehren Kruger is writing the script for Top Gun 3, and Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski may return to direct as well as produce.
A follow-up to Top Gun: Maverick is officially in the works, according to a new report, with Tom Cruise and two other stars returning for Top Gun 3. Cruise reprised the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell after more than three decades for Top Gun: Maverick, headlining the action drama that would become the second highest-grossing movie of 2022 behind Avatar: The Way of Water. Speculation about a follow-up to Maverick has ramped up again in recent days, given the announcement of Cruise’s new deal to star in big blockbuster projects for Warner Bros. In the immediate aftermath, many wondered what the deal would mean for the actor’s established Paramount franchises such as Top Gun.
Writing in the What I’m Hearing newsletter for Puck, Matt Belloni confirms that Paramount is officially moving forward with Top Gun 3. Cruise will return as Pete Mitchell, as will Glen Powell and Miles Teller, who had prominent supporting parts as Hangman and Rooster, respectively, in 2022’s long-awaited sequel. Belloni adds that Top Gun: Maverick co-writer Ehren Kruger is already writing the script, with Joseph Kosinski potentially returning to direct as well as produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison.
With Top Gun 3, What Does Tom Cruise’s Upcoming Filmography Look Like?
The reporting in the newsletter is discussed in the context of Cruise’s partnership with Warner Bros. and what it means for Paramount. The deal is non-exclusive, which means that the actor is free to work on Paramount tentpoles. That includes Top Gun 3, but also, of course, the Mission: Impossible films. Belloni notes that Top Gun 3 could be Cruise’s next project after Mission: Impossible 8, if Kruger’s script comes together, but that is not confirmed.
The untitled eighth Mission: Impossible film is currently slated to be released on May 23, 2025.
Multiple outlets have mentioned that Cruise may not actually be freed up to work on a WB project until 2025 or 2026. But when he is, a new entry in the Edge of Tomorrow is possible. It’s also been floated that Cruise could lead a sequel to The Firm, reprising his character from the 1993 legal drama. Alternatively, there are hopes that the four-time Oscar nominee might spearhead a new action blockbuster for WB.
Outside of WB and Paramount, which have been in talks to merge, Cruise is still linked to Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman’s space movie at Universal. One of the most recognizable stars on the globe has an unsurprisingly busy schedule, in other words. But even with that, the announcement of Top Gun 3 stands out thanks to massive and somewhat out of nowhere box success of its predecessor. Though it was expected to be a hit, Top Gun: Maverick far exceeded expectations and grossed nearly $1.5 billion dollars worldwide.
Source: Puck

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