Miles Teller has revealed that he’s been talking to his Top Gun: Maverick co-star Tom Cruise about turning the enormously successful sequel into a full-fledged franchise with a third movie.
The action sequel has far outgrossed the 1986 original and has become the first movie in Cruise’s career to pass the $1 billion mark at the international box-office.
Cruise – who, somehow, turned 60 last week – served as lead and producer on Top Gun: Maverick and was heavily involved in the process of developing the sequel’s script and casting the new recruits. He even brought his old Mission: Impossible partner Christopher McQuarrie aboard as screenwriter/producer.
‘I’ve been having some conversations with him [Tom Cruise] about it. We’ll see,’ Teller told Entertainment Tonight. ‘That would be great, but that’s all up to TC. It’s all up to Tom.’
Top Gun: Maverick sets up the future of the flight school with a focus on younger recruits and Cruise’s rule-breaking fighter ace Pete Mitchell as their unlikely teacher. This could open the door for Teller’s character, Rooster, to take the lead role in any follow-ups and bring back the other new pilots like Glen Powell’s Hangman and Monica Barbaro’s Phoenix.
Or, heck, it could just be the eternally youthful Cruise again, zooming around like a 19-year-old with ants in his flying pants.
Top Gun: Maverick’s $1.183 billion in global box office to date makes it the twenty-second highest earning movie in Hollywood history. It continues to perform well in cinemas around the world, despite serious blockbuster competition in the form of Jurassic World Dominion and Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder.