“Top Gun: Maverick” producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, has confirmed that Val Kilmer will be reprising his role as Iceman in the upcoming sequel alongside Tom Cruise.
“No spoilers, but he’s [Kilmer’s] in the movie,” Bruckheimer told Yahoo Entertainment in a piece published Wednesday about the upcoming “Top Gun” film. (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Cranks Up The Mystery Of Charlotte Hale In The New Episode ‘The Absence of Field’)
It all comes as fans have noticed that Kilmer has not appeared anywhere in any of the movie trailers or teasers for the highly-anticipated sequel to the hit 1986 movie, “Top Gun.” (RELATED: The Trailer For ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Has Been Released. It’s Absolutely Insane)
The film’s producer also explained just how much work Tom Cruise put in for the upcoming film.
“Technology has advanced, so a lot of things we couldn’t do before that we can do now, especially with the aerial footage,” Bruckheimer shared. “And Tom is an aviator, so he can fly anything we have in the movie, from helicopters to jets to prop planes.”
“He [Cruise] put the actors through this grueling process over three months so they could take the G-forces when we put them in the F/A-18s,” he added. “It was really a tough slog for these young actors, because they also had to go through water survival training, where they are blindfolded and put in a water tank that’s turned upside down and they have to figure out how to get out.”
The producer continued, while he noted that “Tom went through all the same stuff! They told me he went through that training just like a 22-year-old would — that’s how good he is.”
As previously reported, the release of the sequel, was to hit theaters this summer, but due to the coronavirus was pushed back to a release date of December 23.
“It’s not up to me, but I want it on the big screen, and I’m sure Tom does, too,” Jerry explained of the later release date. “We’ll hopefully get there. Apparently, theaters are open in Texas and people are going, so that’s a good sign.”