Val Kilmer caused quite a stir on social media this week when he insinuated that "Top Gun 2" was officially a go, and that he was 100 percent on board for the flick. Now, the actor has backtracked a bit on those claims, telling fans that he's only been offered a part in the potential follow-up -- which may or may not make it into theaters.
Kilmer wrote on his Facebook page early Tuesday that he "just got offered" a role in the long-gestating sequel to 1986's "Top Gun." Kilmer also insinuated that original star Tom Cruise was already on board, and wrote, "let's fire up some fighter jets again!!!"
But that post -- which also name-checked Francis Ford Coppola and Gene Hackman, who Kilmer used as examples of people he'd also immediately agree to work with -- apparently caused some confusion among fans, who thought that those big names were somehow involved with the production. The actor then edited his post to clarify his remarks, and added a bit more context, cautioning followers, "This is a long way off so calm down."
"This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role," Kilmer added in his update about the proposed sequel. "I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun... An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent."
So, here's what we know so far: "Top Gun 2" is indeed in development; Kilmer has been offered the role (and presumably taken it, pending Cruise's involvement and an official greenlight); the film is not yet a sure thing; Cruise still has to sign on officially. And no, Coppola and Hackman are not involved. (Seriously, how did anyone make this mistake? Kilmer's post could have been better-written, sure, but those two would be really random choices to suddenly join this flick.)
This has been your daily dose of "Top Gun 2" speculation. Stay tuned -- there's bound to be lots more ahead.
[via: Val Kilmer]
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