Val Kilmer Announces He's Hoping to Return as Iceman in 'Top Gun 2'
Iceman is back! It's pretty much official, even though they haven't signed all the contracts yet. Actor Val Kilmer, now 55 years old, has announced via his own Facebook page that he is returning for the sequel Top Gun 2 which has been in the works for a few years. After the tragic death of director Tony Scott, the project was put on hold temporarily until they could figure out another plan. Now it seems to be revving up again and the project is moving forward, with Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer still attached. Kilmer, who played pilot Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazanski in the original, will be back and he hasn't even read the script (yet).
I just got offered #topgun2 - not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script…
"It's starring Gene Hackman…"
"Yes" "The director is Francis Coppola…" "Yes!"
Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise!!! "Yes." We will all miss Tony Scott one of the kindest gentlemen I've ever met in the film biz, but let's fire up some fighter jets again!!!
A few hours after posting, Kilmer updated his Facebook post and added this bit (likely after he got a call):
This is a long way off so calm down. This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun… An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent…
Kilmer certainly sounds excited to jump back into the cockpit of a fighter jet. Top Gun 2 hasn't announced a new director yet, but we'll probably hear more soon. Our friends at ComingSoon point out this great quote from Jerry Bruckheimer explaining in a previous, older interview what this new one will be about: "The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones? [Tom Cruise as Maverick] is going to show them that they're not obsolete. They're here to stay." Not sure if I'm totally sold on that concept yet, but I am totally sold on Iceman and Maverick coming back again for more fighter jet awesomeness. Excited for more?