Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he was offered the opportunity to star in the upcoming new Top Gun movie but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.
Top Gun: Maverick comes 34 years after the original movie was released and will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as Peter “Maverick” Mitchell. It is expected to arrive in cinemas next year on June 26, 2020.
Val Kilmer is expected to return for the sequel, although he doesn’t appear in the first trailer.
A number of other stars, including Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, and Glen Powell, have also been cast in the sequel.
Another name who almost made it onto the casting sheet is F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
In a new interview with ESPN, the Mercedes driver revealed that he was forced to turn down a role in the movie due to his F1 calendar.
“I was trying to get in Top Gun because I’m a massive fan,” he explained. “But I didn’t have time to do any filming. But I had an opportunity to do it and I couldn’t do it.”
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