Jennifer Connelly in talks to star with Tom Cruise in sequel.
Tom Cruise has revealed who the female lead will be in the long-awaited sequel to Eighties classic Top Gun.
The actor revealed that Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Connelly will appear alongside him when he reprises the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell a whole 32 years after the original was released.
Cruise, who was promoting new Mission: Impossible film Fallout, told Entertainment Tonight: “When you see the film, you’ll see why she’s perfect for it. She has such a very talented, very vibrant, and… we’re just going to have a great cast. [It’s] gonna be a lot of fun.”
Connelly’s previous credits include A Beautiful Mind and Darren Aronofsky film Requiem for a Dream.
Production on Top Gun 2 – subtitled Maverick – is in full swing with Whiplash star Miles Teller also set to appear with Joseph Kosinski – who directed Cruise in 2013 sci-fi Oblivion – on directing duties.
Original star Val Kilmer will also return playing the role of Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.
Sky News reports that Connelly’ will play a single mother who runs a bar near the airbase. Kelly McGillis played the female lead in the1986 original which is now considered a cult classic.
Top Gun: Maverick will be released in cinemas ion 2019.