Tom Cruise in Top Gun

Many would argue that the box office power of mega-star Tom Cruise has diminished in recent years. What, with all of the Scientology-related shenanigans and couch dancing, Cruise has definitely seen his fair share of negative press in recent years. But while we in the media may give him endless amounts of “the business” for his crazy antics, there is no denying that the guy has had a good run. And it is a run that was propelled greatly by the blockbuster sensation that was Top Gun. Personally, this is one of those films that kick-started my love for big action flicks and of course, Kelly McGillis.

Now according to reports from The Sun and The Daily Mail, Cruise is apparently in talks to reprise his role as Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in a sequel that is 22 years in the making. No other details have been released about the project, but an insider told The Sun that “The idea is Maverick is at the Top Gun school as an instructor – and this time it is he who has to deal with a cocky new female pilot.”

As long as Katie Holmes doesn’t play the cocky new female pilot, we should be alright. My vote would be Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff. Don’t ask why — just go with it. As well, if Stallone can make both Rocky and Rambo work, then I see no reason why Cruise shouldn’t get the shot at Pete Mitchell again. Done right, this could be a decent flick and would surely put butts in the seats.

On a semi-unrelated note, watch out for Tom Cruise in the upcoming Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder — the bastard damn-near steals the show.

Are you interested in seeing a Top Gun sequel 20+ years after the original?

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