It's been over 30 years since Top Gun was released in theaters, and the passage of time will definitely be felt in the upcoming sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. Arguably the biggest example of this is that the son of Pete "Maverick" Mitchell's deceased wingman, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, will be one of the main characters in the sequel. Last week, it was reported that the frontrunners for the role were Nicholas Hoult, Glen Powell and Miles Teller, and now word's come in that Teller will be the one to play Goose's son.

This Top Gun: Maverick updates comes from Variety, which reports that Miles Teller has been tapped as Goose's son, who still hasn't been named yet. While his father had a close relationship with Tom Cruise's lead character, Teller's character will be Maverick's new protege, although it's previously been rumored that the teacher and student will share an antagonistic relationship. Teller is the third actor to be added to Top Gun: Maverick, following behind Cruise (duh) and Val Kilmer, who's reprising Tom "Iceman" Kazansky, Maverick's former rival. Teller's other notable credits include Whiplash, the Divergent movies, the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, War Dogs and Only the Brave.

Joining Top Gun: Maverick is the latest major movie Teller can add to his resume, and looking at him, I suppose I can see a resemblance between him and Anthony Edwards. For those who've forgotten, Goose died in Top Gun when he and Maverick ejected as their aircraft went into a unrecoverable flat spin. Maverick made it out safely, but Goose hit his head on the jettisoned aircraft canopy, killing him instantly. His son was only a toddler when that happened, so Goose Jr. sadly grew up not really knowing his father, but evidently flying runs deep in this family.

Alas, with Miles Teller having secured the role of Goose's son in Top Gun: Maverick, that means X-Men: Apocalypse's Nicholas Hoult and Hidden Figures' Glen Powell will need to find a different blockbuster project. Powell even commented on losing the role on Twitter, though it doesn't sound like his appreciation for Tom Cruise has dwindled as a result.

No specific plot details for Top Gun: Maverick have been revealed yet, but reportedly the sequel will explore the end of the era of dogfighting as drone warfare and fifth generation fighters become more prominent. Tron: Legacy's Joseph Kosinski has inherited the directing reins from the late Tony Scott, and the attached writers include Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz.

Top Gun: Maverick flies into theaters on July 12, 2019, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on the sequel. Don't forget to also scan through our 2018 release schedule to learn what movies are arriving later this year.

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