Fake Plane Created For Top Gun: Maverick Tricked Chinese Satellites, Jerry Bruckheimer Says

The fake hypersonic plane in Top Gun: Maverick reportedly looked so real that China re-oriented spy satellites to surveil it. At least, that’s what filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer told Sandboxx.

“The Navy told us that a Chinese satellite turned and headed on a different route to photograph that plane,” Bruckheimer said. “They thought it was real. That’s how real it looks.” The Darkstar, although fictional, skews more towards a plausible and realistic design–no doubt informed and helped considerably there by Lockheed Martin’s role in aiding the Darkstar’s prototype. Check out the trailer below, and see if you can spot which one isn’t a real plane.

Early social media reactions to Top Gun: Maverick have been overwhelmingly positive. The film’s debut at CinemaCon sparked lots of tweets about how, somehow, the Top Gun sequel is everything we want from a Top Gun movie and more. Some of it could be the shine from the CinemaCon convention afterglow–especially in the midst of a hopefully waning pandemic–but pretty much universally it was praised by attendees, with particular attention also paid to praising the movie’s aerial cinematography and star Tom Cruise’s performance.

Director Joseph Kosinski told Empire that Top Gun: Maverick generated almost 800 hours of footage–or as Kosinski says, “We shot as much footage as the three Lord Of The Rings movies combined.”

In addition to Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick also stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris. After COVID-related delays, the movie opens in theaters on May 27.


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