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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ sequel introduces us to new pilots, pays homage to original 1986 film

HOLLYWOOD — The sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” picks up more than 30 years after Tom Cruise first flew to box office heights in his role as a top Navy pilot. While the new movie does introduce us to a new young cast of pilots that Maverick has been assigned to teach, there are plenty of references that are sure to please fans of the first film.

‘It comes flooding back, right? I think they did such a good job, you know, paying homage to that to the original film, but also making a film that in its own right has a great story,” said Jennifer Connelly.

The Oscar winner wasn’t in the 1986 film… but her character was… well, sort of!

“In the original movie, they referenced ‘Penny Benjamin, the Admiral’s daughter.’ I think she’s mentioned a couple of times,” said Connelly. “I like Pete and Penny as a couple. I like that they have this long history, and that they just sort of keep coming back to one another and circling around one another.”

Miles Teller plays Rooster, the son of Anthony Edwards’ character Goose from the original film. Rooster finds himself clashing with, and eventually learning from, Cruise’s veteran flyer.

“I knew the expectations for this movie were going to be high, almost insurmountable, to make a sequel to ‘Top Gun’ that would be satisfying,” said Teller. “But when you sign up for a movie with Tom Cruise you know the quality control is going to be there. So I never worried like, is this going to fail? Because when you’re with Tom you just have this feeling everything will work out.”

“Top Gun: Maverick” is rated PG13 and is in theaters now.

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