Val Kilmer Says He Was Offered Role in Top Gun 2: “Let’s Fire Up Some Fighter Jets!”

Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer George Pimentel/

He’s back in action! Val Kilmer might be reprising his role as Iceman in the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun 2. The actor revealed the news on his official Facebook page on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

“I just got offered #‎topgun2 – not often you get to say ‘yes’ without reading the script,” Kilmer, 55, wrote.

Kilmer starred in 1986’s Top Gun alongside Tom Cruise (Maverick), Kelly McGillis (Charlie), and Anthony Edwards (Goose). On Tuesday, Kilmer wrote that an actor should always say ‘yes’ when they have the option to work with Cruise, Gene Hackman, and Francis Coppola, but later clarified that Coppola and Hackman are not involved in the project. He also gave a shout-out to the late Tony Scott, who directed the first film.

“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!!!” Kilmer wrote.

Val Kilmer in Top Gun
Val Kilmer in Top Gun Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection

He later added, however, that the sequel is still a long way off. “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,” he added. “It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent.”

Back in June, Skydance CEO David Ellison told Variety that Cruise would likely be playing Maverick once more. (Cue “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin!)

“Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today,” Ellison said at the time. “It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth-generation fighters. It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.”

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