Watch Tom Cruise’s Gruelling Fighter Jet Training in Latest ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Trailer

Tom Cruise is known for executing some of the craziest stunts in film history, and Top Gun: Maverick will be no different. Earlier today, Paramount Pictures released a behind-the-scenes teaser showcasing the cast’s incredibly intense training in preparation for shooting the sequel, and boy do we now have the need, the need for speed.

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Top Gun: Maverick Trailer

Image: Paramount Pictures

In partnership with the Navy and real-life Top Gun pilots, each actor underwent three months of gruelling prep work, learning to navigate the pressures of riding in a F/A 18 fighter jet. As producer Jerry Bruckheimer says in the clip, “the aviation sequences had to be real”, making it all the more important that the cast understood the intricacies of what it takes to become a pilot. This meant they underwent a challenging ‘underwater program’ – in case they had to eject over the ocean – and an ‘all-encompassing’ flight training, where they gradually moved from smaller aircraft to full-sized fighter jets. Additionally, they also had to learn how to utilise the cameras and direct scenes themselves due to the nature of the scenes.

Launching late next month, the official synopsis for Top Gun: Maverick reads: “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 TOPGUN graduates for a specialised 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 is coming exclusively to cinemas from May 26 2022.

Top Gun: Maverick Trailer

Image: Paramount Pictures

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