One of 2021’s most anticipated releases is Top Gun: Maverick, the long-wanted sequel to the quintessential 1986 action movie Top Gun, and now we have new details concerning some of the key casting of the film.
While we’re aware that Tom Cruise will once again return to the role of naval aviator Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, new details have now arisen regarding Jennifer Connelly’s casting.
Connelly is now confirmed to be portraying the character of Penny Benjamin, a single mother, local bar owner, and daughter of a former US Navy Admiral, who is to be Maverick’s love interest in the film, and whose character share’s a past with the roguish pilot.
Back in 1986’s Top Gun, the character of Penny Benjamin, ‘the Admiral’s daughter’, was first mentioned by Commander Tom “Stinger” Jardian (James Tolkan) when he was grilling Maverick and his RIO Goose (Anthony Edwards) after they had disobeyed orders to bring back in fellow pilot Cougar (John Stockwell). This scene is a classic part of the film, as not only did it showcase Maverick’s habit of breaking the rules, and his history as a womanizer, but the performance of the legendary Tolkan as Stinger gives it terrific energy, rhythm and comedy.
And now in Top Gun: Maverick we’ll get to see both Maverick and Penny rekindle that one time fling, as Maverick returns to TOPGUN to instruct a new generation in the art of aerial combat.
Alongside the details regarding Connelly’s Penny Benjamin, we can also now confirm the identity of Jon Hamm’s character. Hamm will be portraying a Navy Vice Admiral and a former fighter pilot with the callsign of Cyclone, who is Maverick’s superior officer in the film. Hamm’s Cyclone also has a very no-nonsense approach to Maverick’s rule-breaking and the two of them will surely clash during the events of the film.
Top Gun: Maverick is far and away one of 2021’s biggest blockbusters and audiences will be in for a real treat with this one. Not only will they get a high-adrenaline thrill ride thanks to the appearance of fifth-generation fighter jets such as the F/A-18 Super Hornet, but to see Tom Cruise back in action as Maverick is going to be all kinds of cool.
Top Gun: Maverick will arrive in cinemas on July 1.