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Top Gun 2 Update: Tom Cruise Would Play Lead Role, Says Christopher McQuarrie

Two weeks ago, Vulture broke the news that Paramount and its co-financier, David Ellison's Skydance Productions, were developing a sequel to 1986's classic Top Gun. We told you it would be written by Oscar-winning scribe Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), and that deals could be made with director Tony Scott (who confirmed as much yesterday) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. But though our original report stated that "Tom Cruise's Maverick would play a smaller role" in the Top Gun sequel, Mr. McQuarrie himself just dropped us an email to gently chide: "There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role." Thanks, Chris, for keeping us honest. Stay tuned!

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