Of all the Top Gun sequel news I was hoping for, the biggest was that I’d hear Kelly McGillis would return as the no-nonsense instructor of a flight school called Take Your Own Damn Breath Away. But since that’s probably not ever going to happen, I’ll take this news as a decent substitute. Tom Cruise ran into Entertainment Tonight at the Washington, D.C. premiere of Mission: Impossible – Fallout over the weekend, and he confirmed that Jennifer Connelly will be in Top Gun: Maverick.
Tom said this about Jennifer joining the cast:
“Look, she’s a great actress, obviously. When you see the film, you’ll see why she’s perfect for it. She has such a very talented, very vibrant, and, you know, see we’re just going to have a great cast. Gonna be a lot of fun.”
The Hollywood Reporter says that Jennifer is likely playing a single mother who runs a local bar near the Navy base. Tom Cruise has a tendency to play opposite of much-younger love interests, and Jennifer Connelly is 47 (Tom is 56). A mere nine-year age difference would surely break Tom’s brain. So I’m going to assume Jennifer’s character’s backstory is that she’s a single mom who had a one-night stand back in the ’80s with Maverick, who left her to raise a kid named Bingo on her own while she slung punny Naval-themed drinks. She tried many times over the years to tie Maverick’s cockpit down, but she just couldn’t compete with his first love: shirtless volleyball games.