A new Top Gun: Maverick featurette goes behind-the-scenes to reveal Tom Cruise and the rest of the cast flying in real fighter jets. Cruise is known for doing his own stunts and pushing the envelope, but he may have outdone himself this time.
The second Top Gun: Maverick trailer was released earlier this week and it featured some incredibly realistic shots of Tom Cruise and the other actors in fighter jets while engaged in high itude dogfights. As it turns out, no green screens or CGI was used.
>When we see Top Gun: Maverick footage of Tom Cruise in the cockpit, he's really in it. A professional pilot is controlling the jet, but Cruise and the cast were really in there for all of the barrel rolls and crazy stunts, which is pretty impressive. Jerry Bruckheimer says that the sequel is a, "Love letter to aviation." He then declared, "We're going to show you what it's really like to be a Top Gun pilot." He wasn't kidding.
Throughout the video, we see Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro, and others as they face up to 9Gs, aka 1,600 pounds of pressure, on their bodies as the jets rip through the air. As Cruise says in the video, it's nearly impossible to get the accurate sight of someone's face distorting due to all of that pressure through special effects. He may be right, but some of this looks absolutely torturous for some of the cast as they look scared out of their minds. One member nearly vomits, while another almost passes out due to the extreme speed and stunts.
While it's not clear if the Top Gun: Maverick story is any good, it will certainly be something people will want to see on the big screen. Each cockpit was loaded with six IMAX cameras to capture the live-action. The six-camera system was developed specifically for the sequel and ensures that everything looks as real as possible. The cameras, when paired with some of the best pilots in the world, is already proving to be an extraordinary leap forward in filmmaking. If that wasn't enough, Cruise is shown actually piloting an older plane, which may be the World War II era aircraft from the recently released poster.
Tom Cruise pushes Marverick to the limit in this sequel, as he's done in more recent movies. One would imagine that the insurance alone on the sequel was probably astronomical and probably more than the entire budgets of a lot of Hollywood projects released on the big screen. Thankfully, nobody was injured, though there might have been some pretty ugly cleaning of those cockpits after some vomiting. Regardless, even if the upcoming movie doesn't have the best story, it's going to be something that the cast can watch and be proud of, while the audience is left amazed at how realistic everything looks. You can check out the Top Gun: Maverick featurette above, thanks to the Paramount Pictures YouTube channel.
Mission: Impossible 7 is not quite back on schedule as previously reported this morning. Many assumed shooting had resumed as evidenced by new set photos. Tom Cruise can be seen doing his own stunts again in these leaked images. But Collider has confirmed with the studio that filming is not back on just yet. And what we're seeing here are tests for a stunt rig.
Production on the sequel came to a halt in Italy at the end of February due to the coronavirus pandemic. The entire country is now on lock down as the disease continues to spread. The studio announced that the production would take a three-week break before resuming. And now, it appears that Christopher McQuarrie and crew are almost ready to go, though it's unclear when any actual shooting will resume.
Tom Cruise can be seen doing a pretty awesome wheelie on a motorcycle in one of the Mission: Impossible 7 stunt rig test photos. The actor is shown in an automobile, which appears to be involved in a chase. Hayley Atwell can also be seen in some of the images and a pretty crazy video. Some might consider shooting a movie during the coronavirus pandemic to be a pretty brave stunt. As most of the world is practicing social distancing to prevent further spreading, the entertainment business has largely shut down. Productions all over the world have been postponed over the past few weeks.
Mission: Impossible 7 is getting ready to resume its shoot in Dunsfold, a village in Surrey, England. It is believed that they will then move to Pinewood to take care of some more scenes. A number of Hollywood projects have all been postponed and the movie theaters have all been closed, leading to release date changes too. So its anybody's guess as to when all of this will rev back up again.
Mission: Impossible 7 is set to hit theaters on July 23rd, 2021 with the sequel, Mission: Impossible 8, opening the following summer on August 5th, 2022. Both movies are going to be shot back to back, which is a huge undertaking, especially after Christopher McQuarrie already admitted that some of the stunts were giving him anxiety. In fact, the director admitted that some of Tom Cruise's stunt ideas made him want to puke in a bucket. Whatever the case may be, the director seems okay with everything now.
In addition to Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell, Mission: Impossible 7 also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Kirby, and Henry Czerny. Franchise newcomers include Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, and Nicholas Hoult. Cruise is also preparing for the release of Top Gun: Maverick, which is scheduled to hit theaters this summer. It is unclear if the coronavirus will affect its release date at this time, though it could really change at any moment now. You can check out some of the stunt rig test images from the Mission: Impossible 7 set below, thanks to the Rabbit Twitter account. Collider confirmed with Paramount that production is not back up and running just...