Kilmer, who played Lt. Tom “Iceman” Kazanski opposite Tom Cruise in the original, made the announcement on his Facebook page. “I just got offered #topgun2 — not often you get to say ‘yes’ without reading the script…”
A few hours after posting, Kilmer updated his Facebook post and said he had been premature in making the announcement: “This is a long way off so calm down. This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun… An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent…”
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Cruise were working on the sequel with original director Tony Scott prior to Scott’s suicide in 2012. Bruckheimer said in 2013 that he was still working on the project.
Skydance CEO David Ellison, who is also producing, confirmed this summer that the project was in development with Justin Marks writing the screenplay. “It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters,” Ellison said.