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Tom Cruise TOP GUN 3D Trailer: The Need for What?

Tom Cruise Top Gun 3D IMAXTom Cruise in Top Gun 3D IMAX Trailer (in 2D)

Tom Cruise tells Anthony Edwards: "I feel the need ... The need for speed." High five. Whether you find that hip and cool, or if you feel the need to roll your eyes in disgust, thus begins the 2D trailer for the IMAX 3D rerelease of Tony Scott's Top Gun, the bombastic 1986 action flick that solidified Cruise's superstardom; enhanced Scott's reputation as a master of slick and shallow filmmaking; and inspired loads of male teenagers with personality issues to join the air force of their respective countries so they could fulfill their need for aping Tom Cruise. (Please scroll down to check out the Top Gun 3D IMAX trailer.) The North American Top Gun 3D rerelease will last only six days, February 8-13. (Photo: Tom Cruise Top Gun.)

Written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr., Top Gun features Tom Cruise as trainee pilot Maverick, a cocky, obnoxious jerk who can neither sing nor act, but who becomes a hero once he learns to Follow the Rules. Needless to say, Maverick also gets to win the girl, played by the talented Kelly McGillis, whose once-promising film career went downhill in the '90s. McGillis has mostly stayed away from the limelight in the last couple of decades, though she resurfaced a couple of years ago, when she publicly came out as a lesbian. (Regarding Tom Cruise's acting, let me add that Cruise has become an infinitely more effective performer in recent years.)

Top Gun 2?

Back in the mid-'80s, Top Gun grossed $353.8 million worldwide (about $750m today). In late 2010, there were talks of a Top Gun sequel possibly to be directed by Tony Scott and in which Tom Cruise would have a cameo as a middle-aged Maverick. Scott, who reportedly supervised (at least some of) Top Gun's conversion to 3D, killed himself in August 2012.

According to reports, Top Gun co-producer Jerry Bruckheimer "still has hopes" that a sequel will get made. Just don't hold your breath.

Top Gun will be available in a new 3D/2D Blu-ray set on February 19. Once again, check out Tom Cruise and lots of fighter jets in the Top Gun 3D IMAX trailer below.

Tom Cruise toplines Top Gun cast

Besides Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, and Kelly McGillis, the Top Gun cast includes Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, Adrian Pasdar, and a pre-stardom Meg Ryan.

Tom Cruise Top Gun image: Paramount Pictures.

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