Despite Paramount Pictures delaying Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick several times as a result of the ongoing global health crisis, it sounds like the studio is attempting to stick to its July 2021 release date.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount president of distribution Chris Aronson claimed that Paramount currently has “no plans” to reschedule the theatrical release for the long-awaited sequel.
“We have no plans to move our theatrical release of Top Gun,” Aronson said. “I think the next two months are critical, and whether the new administration can implement a robust vaccination plan. If [President Joe] Biden’s 100 million vaccines in 100 days works, then I think we’ll be in good shape.”
Top Gun: Maverick was originally slated to debut in theatres in summer 2020, only to be delayed to December 23rd, 2020, until it was once again rescheduled to its current July 2nd, 2021 release date. While Paramount is certainly optimistic about the sequel keeping its release date, there is still no official confirmation when movie theatres will be able to permanently reopen their doors across the world.
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”.
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.
Top Gun: Maverick features a cast including stars Tom Cruise (Maverick), Val Kilmer (Iceman), Jennifer Connolly (American Pastoral), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Ed Harris (Westworld), Lewis Pullman (Bad Times at the El Royale), Glen Powell (Hidden Figures), Charles Parnell (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Bashir Salahuddin (Glow), Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop), Danny Ramirez (The Gifted), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Kara Wang (Good Trouble), Jack Schumacher (Empire), Greg Tarzan Davis (Chicago P.D.), Jake Picking (Blockers), Raymond Lee (Mozart in the Jungle), Jean Louisa Kelly (Ant-Man) and Lyliana Wray (Strange Angel).