It turns out the upcoming “Top Gun” sequel will use the progeny of one of the original’s key characters to serve as something of a minor antagonist.
That Hashtag Show has posted an apparent casting breakdown for the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick” which indicates that that son of Anthony Edwards’ character Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw will play a part in the follow-up.
Named Wrigley, the twenty something is an Ivy League grad who boasts All-American good looks and has a lot in common with Tom Cruise’s Maverick, despite him resenting Maverick whom he blames for his father’s death which was a key element of the plot of the first film.
Another character is Penny Benjamin, a single mother in her forties or early fifties who ‘has been around pilots all her life’ and serves as the love interest for Maverick this time around. She also has a young 10-12 year old daughter named Miriam.
In the new film Maverick has become a flight instructor and mentor to the next generation of hotshot pilots. Students in his class include codenames like a loner latina named ‘Sugar’, a competitive southener named ‘Kanses’, a nerdy type named ‘otter’, a tough young woman called ‘Drone’, and a burly earnest type named ‘Shotgun’.
There’s also a no-nonsense Texan admiral character named Robby ‘Caspar’ Benamin, who is also Penny’s older brother and not a fan of Maverick. He has a slightly younger offsider, a two-star general named Boyd.
Eric Warren Singer penned the new film which Joseph Kosinski is slated to direct – the pair having just collaborated on the true story-based firefighter drama “Only the Brave” which opened this month to strong reviews. Filming on “Top Gun: Maverick” begins next year.