Joseph Kosinski is thrilled to have Val Kilmer returning for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’.
The 47-year-old director helms the long-awaited sequel to “Top Gun” and is thrilled to have Kilmer returning as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky alongside Tom Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell for the new film.
Speaking to Total Film magazine, Joseph said: “It was a huge, huge payoff – getting Val back to play Iceman.
“Getting down to work with an actor of this caliber, seeing the chemistry, the camaraderie between him and Tom, and bringing those two characters together in this movie, was a really special moment, and one of my favorite parts of the movie. “
Kosinski previously suggested that Cruise’s alter ego hasn’t changed much since the original 1986 film.
The ‘Tron: Legacy’ director said: “In many ways, he’s still the guy we remember from the first ‘Top Gun’.
“He keeps that old Ninja under a tarp in the hangar and still wears those Ray-Ban aviators. He’s the best at what he does and he’s dedicated his whole life to aviation.”
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The filmmaker added that Tom’s character will have to “come to terms with the past” in the new film which sees him coach Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller) – the son of his late friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards).
Joseph explained, “But it’s been a personal cost, and Maverick has to come to terms with some things from his past and come to terms with them.
“It’s a rite of passage story, much like the first movie was. But it’s a man now at a different stage of life.”
This article was originally published on famoustainment.com.