Production team revealed Tom Cruise and some of the actors undergo flying and gravity-defying training for their roles in the film Top Gun: Maverick.
This was revealed in a promo video released by Paramount Pictures, as reported People on Monday (18/4) US time.
“We’re working with the Navy and the Top Gun school to formulate how to practically record it. Because if we’re going to do it, we’re going to fly the F-18,” said Tom Cruise.
“The flight scene had to be real, so our actors underwent grueling training of up to three months,” said producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
In the footage, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Greg Tarzan Davis, Jay Ellis, and many other stars train and fly in high-speed planes.
In addition to flying practice, Tom Cruise also said the stars practiced a challenging underwater program. The challenging program aims to simulate how to get out of planes if they land on water.
Not only that, the cast also had to learn how to operate the camera while on the jet. Because, they themselves have to act as directors during the flight.
“I really had to teach them cinematography and lighting so they understood what would look good on camera,” Cruise said.
“I am very proud of what we have achieved. Each one of them has been extraordinary.”
Previously, Director of Top Gun: Maverick Joseph Kosinski said the filming process took up to 800 hours to get adequate footage.
“Shooting on the air took months. We shot footage of three Lord of the Rings films combined. I think that was 800 hours of footage,” Kosinski told Empire.
Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel that will be a nostalgic journey for lovers of Cruise action as a fighter pilot. In the trailer, Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is seen being invited to work and train a group of new Top Gun grads.
Although not as young as he used to be, Mitchell doesn’t seem to have lost his skills. In some scenes, the action is seen from behind the cockpit with stunning flight techniques.
In addition to Tom Cruise, the film also features Miles Teller as Bradley, as well as Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, and Ed Harris. Val Kilmer is also expected to reprise his role as Lieutenant Tom Kazansky aka Iceman, as in the first film.
Top Gun: Maverick is slated to premiere May 27.