'Top Gun: Maverick': Video Goes Inside The Making of Mega-Anticipated Sequel

"This is a love letter to aviation. We're gonna show you what it's really like to be a Top Gun pilot."
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Tom Cruise is reprising his iconic role as Maverick in next summer's Top Gun: Maverick after 34 years, and a new behind-the-scenes video is providing further insights into the blockbuster sequel.

"This is a competition film about family, friendship and sacrifice. This is a love letter to aviation. We're gonna show you what it's really like to be a Top Gun pilot," producer Jerry Bruckheimer says in the opening of the high-octane clip.

"We have the greatest fighter pilots in the world working with us," adds Cruise, who notes that real-life Top Guns performing the stunt scenes hit a face-smushing 7 and a half or 8 G's in the air. "I am so proud of them and what they've done. It is heavy duty."

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Here's an official synopsis of the film, if you "feel the need" to get up to speed:

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”.

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Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Watch the making-of featurette above, and check out the latest trailer here:

Top Gun: Maverick co-stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris and was directed by Joseph Kosinski. It roars into theaters on June 26, 2020.