Glen Powell tells a touching story about how Tom Cruise persuaded him to take a smaller role in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ after he auditioned for the lead role.
Tom Cruise reprises his role as Pete Mitchell from Tony Scott’s original 1986 film ‘Top Gun’ in ‘Top Gun 2’. In the sequel, 34 years have passed. Maverick is still trying to find his place within the US Navy. In the sequel, Maverick will be seen as a test pilot, attempting to avoid the advancement in rank that would force him to stop flying. However, his career eventually leads him back to ‘Top Gun’, where he is tasked with training a new squadron of fighter pilots, forcing him to confront his past.
- Glen Powell auditioned for the lead in ‘Top Gun 2’?
- Tom Cruise talks to Glen Powell about ‘Top Gun 2’ and future auditions
Glen Powell auditioned for the lead in ‘Top Gun 2’?
Cruise is not the only cast member who returns from the first film. Val Kilmer will reprise his role as Iceman, Maverick’s arch-nemesis. Anyone who has seen the documentary ‘Val ‘knows that Kilmer now speaks through a voice box after battling throat cancer. Despite his concerns about his health, Cruise was adamant that Kilmer returns for the sequel.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ will also feature a slew of new characters. Miles Teller, who will play Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s old co-pilot Goose, will be pivotal to the plot. Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Charles Parnell, Manny Jacinto, Jay Ellis, Monica Barbaro, Jean Louis Kelly and Raymond Lee are among the newcomers to the cast.
Glen Powell will also appear in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ as Lieutenant Hangman, one of the new recruits. Although not much is known about the character as of yet, the official ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ trailer reveals that he will appear in a scene reminiscent of the iconic volleyball sequence from the original ‘Top Gun’.
Powell has previously played real-life astronaut John Glenn in the Oscar-nominated biopic ‘Hidden Figures’. He has also provided a voice for Netflix’s new Richard Linklater animated film ‘Apollo 1012: A Space Age Childhood’.
Powell recently shared a tender moment with Tom Cruise, which swayed him to join the cast. Powell discussed the unlikely events that led him to agree to join ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ in an interview with People. He initially auditioned for the role of Rooster, which eventually went to Miles Teller. Powell was offered another role but was not sure if it fits.
“I auditioned for Miles Teller’s role. [Teller] is absolutely perfectly cast, and I loved working with him. But yeah, it was an interesting thing. When I did not get that role, I was offered a different role”.
Powell went on to say that when he read the script, it did not seem like a role that would appeal to him. He was also not particularly excited to play it.
Tom Cruise talks to Glen Powell about ‘Top Gun 2’ and future auditions
However, Tom Cruise approached Powell to talk about his career and gave him advice on how to choose movies and develop a role. He made the young actor realise that he could have some creative freedom and make something out of his character.
Powell recalled a time when Tom Cruise invited him to sit down with him. They talked for a couple of hours about his life and career, how he chooses movies, how he develops roles and other such topics. And it was a series of those conversations that convinced Powell that this could be a role that Powell could enjoy. He could have some creative freedom.
Powell believed he could make it his own and create something truly unique. He mentioned that he wanted to give Tom credit. The actor felt that a lot of times, people only try to hook you up so you can be in a movie. None of the promises gets fulfilled. But Cruise kept every single promise he made. He went on to say that he is very proud of the film and his role in it.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is set to be released on May 27, 2022. Even before the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the film faced setbacks and delays in its release. It was supposed to get released in July 2019, but it was pushed back nearly a year to June 2020. Then came the coronavirus, and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ got postponed until December 23, 2020. That release date got changed to July 2021, then November, before the film finally settled on its current release date of May 27.
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