“Did You Know Top Gun: Maverick Almost Had a Different Lead Actor? You Won’t Believe Who the Director Wanted!”.


Director Joseph Kosinski, known for directing “Top Gun: Maverick,” reportedly wanted a famous Marvel actor to be part of the cast.

“Top Gun: Maverick,” released in 2022 as the sequel to Tony Scott’s “Top Gun,” was a major success in theaters. The film grossed nearly $1.5 billion worldwide, with an estimated budget of $170 million, with renowned actor Tom Cruise likely being a major draw for audiences. Director Joseph Kosinski noted that Josh Brolin, known for portraying the villainous Thanos in Marvel, was close to joining the film.

Kosinski recently revealed in an interview on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast that Brolin was in negotiations to play Vice Admiral Beau Simpson, also known as Cyclone, before the role eventually went to Jon Hamm.

“I thought of Brolin. We couldn’t put all our eggs in one basket, so for me, Brolin and Hamm were the top two… Yes, Josh [Brolin] would have played that role. We discussed it, but he literally had a baby when we were about to start shooting, so I knew it wasn’t possible. Brolin and Hamm are two actors I would be thrilled to work with again,” Kosinski said.

While Brolin would have been a strong fit for Cyclone, Jon Hamm ultimately fit the character perfectly. With a third installment of “Top Gun” being confirmed, there may still be hope for Brolin to join the franchise as a different member of the U.S. Navy. In the meantime, fans can look forward to seeing him as Gurney Halleck in the upcoming “Dune: Part 2,” set to be released on February 28, 2024..

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