EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is in talks to add a diverse coterie of talent to Top Gun: Maverick.
Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) are being set to join the ensemble opposite Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller.
The Joseph Kosinski-directed film is slated for release July 12, 2019.
The script was written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing with Cruise and Skydance’s David Ellison.
McKenzie, who’ll play the daughter of Connelly’s character, is repped by UTA, Industry and Untitled. Parnell, who’ll play an admiral, is repped by Greene & Associates;
Ellis, who’ll play a pilot, is repped by UTA and Rise Management. Salahuddin, who plays an engineer, is with CAA. Ramirez, who’ll play a pilot, is repped by Abrams Artists and Industry Entertainment. Barbaro, who’ll play another Top Gun pilot, is with Innovative and Main Title Entertainment.