Jon Hamm is a new recruit to the Top Gun division and a new recruit for Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to hit film Top Gun, but he is excited by what he’s seeing and is telling the world he’s excited too. While doing press for the Good Omens premiere, Hamm has told multiple news outlets that he’s seen “fifteen minutes of footage” and they left his “chin on the ground.”
In a video exclusive to Digital Spy, Hamm said, “It’s very cool – the technology involved with putting cameras in F-18 Super Hornets is pretty cool. I’m excited for people to see it.”
In a separate interview with Collider, Hamm went on to say, “I’ve seen some of the footage, it is out of this world.” The actor’s also said that many of the sets from the first film are being used along with some of the costumes. However, don’t expect the new film to rest on its laurels.
Director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and his crew are using “technology on this that is never before seen. We’re shooting the movie in, I think, 6K. So it’s incredibly hi-def,” Hamm told Collider. “The aerial footage is mind-blowing. And it’s mostly practical. There’s not a lot of CG. Those guys are really up in planes and getting thrown around in multiple Gs.”
Hooray for practical effects! Hollywood has begun to rely on CGI for far too much and a film like Top Gun: Maverick needs practical effects to keep it from looking fake and to keep it on par with the practical effects used in the original film, which was released in 1986.
Top Gun: Maverick is reportedly taking on drone warfare, a storyline that has been teased and talked about for years, and how the dogfighting style has faded into obscurity and become obsolete. The film will also see new generations of pilots coming in and how Pete Mitchell (Cruise) and Val Kilmer’s “Iceman” will adapt to the changes.
Joining Cruise, Hamm, and Kilmer are Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Manny Jacinto, Glen Powell, Thomasin McKenzie, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, and Monica Barbaro. Connelly is reportedly playing Mitchell’s new love interest and a single mother who runs a bar near the Naval Academy. Teller will be playing Bradley Bradshaw, the late Nick “Goose” Bradshaw’s son whom Mitchell takes under his wing.
Top Gun: Maverick has been filming since October. The film was pushed back from its original 2019 release date and will now hit theaters on July 26th, 2020.