The “Aftersun” actor and “Normal People” breakout star firmly planted his request to join the “Top Gun” cinematic universe.
“If I get to keep making indie films for the rest of my life, I’ll be a happy man,” Mescal told People when asked what film franchise he would like to join. “Something like ‘Top Gun: Maverick ‘would be more interesting to me. I love that movie.”
“Star Wars” alum John Boyega similarly shut down speculation that he could be joining the MCU, saying, “I want to do nuanced things. I want to donate my services to original indie films that come with new, fresh ideas, because I know it’s real hard to top Iron Man in that universe.”
And Mescal isn’t the only Hollywood staple to muse on the magic of “Top Gun: Maverick.” Quentin Tarantino said he “fucking loves” the film, deeming it a “true cinematic spectacle, the kind that I’d almost thought that I wasn’t going to see anymore.”
“‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ which is a movie that trades very deeply with nostalgia and repetition, comes with the novelty of happening  years later,” Guadagnino told Deadline. “The idea that a sequel comes after a quarter of a century is, in its way, a very smart, intelligent, and thoughtful way of doing business. Because now, even if the movie holds very deep nostalgia in the audience — the nostalgic gaze of Tony Scott and the idea of the world in the way it was in 1986 — you are there for the ride of Tom Cruise’s Maverick being a man now, not a boy. So, I would say there are always ways to create something that is surprising and interesting.”
With the rise of follow-ups to ’80s movies on the rise, including the highly anticipated “Dirty Dancing” sequel, the fourth “Beverly Hills Cop” movie, “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley,” and Mel Gibson’s “Lethal Weapon 5,” plus a “Roadhouse” remake starring Jake Gyllenhaal, in the works, perhaps Mescal will get his chance to star in the “Top Gun” rumored trilogy.