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'Top Gun: Maverick' Just Not Feeling the Need for Speed

Maverick has his speed needs met in the original "Top Gun." (Paramount)

Everyone who's waited 32 years to find out what became of Maverick is going to have to wait a bit longer. Paramount Pictures has announced that the release date for the much-anticipated sequel "Top Gun: Maverick" has been moved from July 12, 2019 to June 26, 2020.

Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Pete Mitchell (call sign: Maverick), who's now an instructor at Top Gun school where he takes Goose's son (played by Miles Teller) under his wing. Val Kilmer returns as Iceman. That's all the plot we've got so far, but the movie will also feature Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Glen Powell.

If Maverick is now an instructor, either he's mellowed beyond recognition or the Navy has done a serious rethink of its standards. The movie is currently in production as was filming about the USS Abraham Lincoln just a couple of weeks ago.

Obviously now that real-life Maverick John McCain is no longer with us to see the movie, maybe the release timing is less important. However, a 2020 theatrical date does drop Maverick and Iceman into the middle of what promises to be one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in history. Will "Top Gun: Maverick" lure Americans to theaters and bring us all together? Stay tuned.

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