Top Gun: Maverick might be bringing back Iceman, but the sequel will be missing one character from the original.
Michael Ironside has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he won’t be reprising his role as Lieutenant Commander Rick “Jester” Heatherly in the sequel, putting it down to the fact that his relationship with producer Jerry Bruckheimer apparently isn’t the greatest.
“I’m not going to be in this film. The one person still in charge is Jerry Bruckheimer and Mr Bruckheimer and I don’t really get along, or didn’t get along. He offered me a project 10 or 12 years ago and… I said no to it,” he explained.
“The next time I saw him at a hockey game… I went up and said, ‘Hey Jerry’ and he just turned around and I figured, ‘Well that relationship is over with’. But he has a business he has to run, he has to make decisions based on his way of doing things and what makes him feel safe.”
Top Gun: Maverick is currently filming and we recently got a first-look image of Tom Cruise reprising his role as Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell – and Cruise barely looked like he’d aged a day in the 32 years since the original movie.
The sequel is set to explore Maverick’s time in the modern military and is directed by Oblivion‘s Joseph Kosinski.
Top Gun: Maverick is set for release in cinemas on June 26, 2020, having been delayed for a year.
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