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Top Gun: Maverick – Who Will Play Goose's Son?

Top Gun is one of those special '80s films that appeal to pretty much all generations. Tony Scott's film about hotshot Navy pilots remains at the top of several lists — both nostalgic and enjoyable summer film fare.

We know that a sequel is coming — Top Gun: Maverick reportedly picks up in the modern day with an… aged… Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell as played by Tom Cruise. "Aviators are back, the need for speed. We're going to have big, fast machines. It's going to be a competition film, like the first one… but a progression for Maverick," so says Cruise.

Top Gun: Maverick – Who Will Play Goose's Son?
Anthony Edwards as character Goose from "Top Gun"

The big news currently is apparently a search for who will play Anthony Edwards's character Goose's son in the upcoming sequel, as directed by Joseph Kosinski.

If you'll recall, Goose doesn't make it to the end of Top Gun, and Maverick does his best to help Goose's wife (played by Meg Ryan) through the loss, albeit very, VERY briefly.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the search for the right actor to assume the mantle of Goose's son has narrowed to a three-actor search: Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury RoadX-Men: Apocalypse), Glen Powell (Hidden Figures), and Miles Teller (Whiplash).

Top Gun: Maverick – Who Will Play Goose's Son?
Nicholas Hoult
Glen Powell in 2018
New York, NY – June 12, 2018: Glen Powell attends the Set It Up New York Screening at AMC Lincoln Square Theater. Credit: lev radin /
Miles Teller in 2017
LOS ANGELES, CA – October 08, 2017: Miles Teller at the premiere for "Only The Brave". Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency /

The outlet says an insider claims there was a "final round of testing" for the role that may have taken place earlier this week in Clearwater, Florida, where Cruise is apparently gearing up to launch one of the press tours for Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Obviously this is far from a confirmation that the role was close to being filled, or even considered in the film.

We'll let you know as soon as further (or any) information about the production is released. In the meantime, why not brush up on the lyrics to 'She's Lost That Lovin' Feeling'?

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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