The return of Val Kimer as Iceman in Top Gun: Maverick, “a very special moment”

Director Joseph Kosinski spoke to Total Film.

36 years after the film by the late Tony Scott, the sequel to Top Gun will finally hit theaters on May 27 (three years after its initial release date!), after premiering at Cannes on May 17. Tom Cruise will of course be back as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, as will Val Kilmer who will return in that of Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. A comeback that remains shrouded in mystery, especially because the actor lost his ability to speak due to throat cancer.

Tom Cruise will return to Cannes, 30 years later, for Top Gun: Maverick and a masterclass

Last year, producer Jerry Bruckheimer had already mentioned this return, explaining that it was Tom Cruise who had heavily insisted that Val Kilmer be in the film:

He said : ‘we need Val, he needs to come back. He has to be in the movie. It really came from him. We all wanted him back, but Tom was really adamant that for him to do another Top Gun, Val had to be there.“.”He’s a great actor and a beautiful person.“, continues the producer. “We had a blast making the first movie and we wanted some of the band back… It was an emotional experience for all of us..”

Approaching the release of Top Gun: Maverickdirector Joseph Kosinski also commented on Iceman’s return, which is clearly mentioned in the latest trailer unveiled this week, during an interview with the magazine Total Movie, who shared an excerpt from it on his website.

It was a big, big win to have Val back to play Iceman. To be able to work with an actor of this caliber, to see the chemistry, the camaraderie between him and Tom, and to have these two characters together in the film, it was a really special moment, and one of my favorite parts of the film.

It remains to be seen how Val Kilmer was able to play in the film with his disability, and if he will have many dialogues. We know that the actor collaborated with a company called Sonantic to create an artificial version of his voice (and the result is striking), which could therefore be used for Top Gun: Maverick. Disney recently used similar technology to make the young Luke Skywalker who appeared in The Boba Fett Book.

Top Gun Maverick: listen to the artificial voice of Val Kilmer

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