‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Breakout Glen Powell Made a Cocky Fighter Pilot His Own After Losing Different Role

Glen Powell has been waiting for this moment.

And waiting, and waiting.

In the summer of 2018, the Texan actor, best known for roles in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures,” and Netflix’s breakout rom-com hit “Set It Up,” was up for a major part in the long-simmering “Top Gun” sequel.

Powell was in contention for the role of Rooster in Joseph Kosinski’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” the film’s second lead and the son of Anthony Edwards’ dearly departed Goose from Tony Scott’s 1986 original film.He didn’t get it.

(The role went to Miles Teller.) He did, however, get something arguably better: a different role in the film, a breakout part he was encouraged to really make his own.

The way Cruise explained it to Powell, Lieutenant Jake Seresin (call sign: “Hangman”) is on hand to tap into the spirit of the first film.

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