FANTASTIC FOUR Star Miles Teller Joins Tom Cruise In TOP GUN: MAVERICK

It sounds like Mission: Impossible - Fallout star Tom Cruise has found his new co-pilot in Fantastic Four and Whiplash star Miles Teller, who will play the son of the legendary Goose in Top Gun: Maverick.

Variety is reporting that Miles Teller has joined the cast of Paramount Pictures & Skydance's Top Gun: Maverick as Goose's (Anthony Edwards) son and Maverick's (Tom Cruise) new protege. He beat out fellow up-and-comers Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and Glen Powell (Set It Up) for the highly-coveted part.

3x Academy Award-nominee Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) will return to headline the upcoming action feature, reprising arguably his most iconic role to date as Pete Mitchell, a.k.a. Maverick. The report also confirms that Val Kilmer (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) will indeed return as Tom Kazansky, a.k.a. Iceman.

Joe Kosinski (Oblivion; Only The Brave; Tron: Legacy) is directing with a script from Peter Craig (The Town), Justin Marks (The Jungle Book), and Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle). Jerry Bruckheimer is back onboard as a producer alongside Cruise and David Ellison.

While production began at the beginning of June with Cruise filming scenes on a very familiar motorcyle, this is the first major casting news we've received, which likely suggests that they're inching closer and closer to finalizing the cast before they really delve deep into principal photography. Plot details remain under wraps for now, but the film will reportedly be set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters and will also explore the end of the era of dogfighting.

Teller is probably best known to comic book movie fans for starring as Dr. Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic in Josh Trank's critically and commercially disappointing Fantastic Four reboot and for his role as Peter Hayes in the Divergent series. His more prominent credits, however, include The Spectacular Now, Whiplash, That Awkward Moment, Two Night Stand, Get A JobWar Dogs, Bleed For This, Only The Brave, and Thank You For Your Service.

Top Gun: Maverick flies into theaters July 12, 2019.
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