Briefly: This is just a quick update on the developing Top Gun sequel, but it is an interesting one in that you’ve got to wonder how it might affect the story as it goes through the studio mill. Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Wolverine 2) is being targeted to write Top Gun 2, and has written to Vulture to counter reports that Tom Cruise would have a reduced role in the film.

“There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role.” Now, he said ‘Maverick’ and not ‘Tom Cruise,’ so theorize around that if you want. But in light of the fact that director Tony Scott‘s recent comments suggest that he’s interested in a film about younger pilots and drone operators, how does Tom Cruise’s character Maverick fit in as the star? Let’s hope there’s not a new, younger, Maverick, which would get back to the whole silly idea of Cruise passing the torch to a different actor.

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