Parnell is one of several carryovers from Top Gun: Maverick to Spiderhead. The actor joins Teller and director Kosinski for the adventure, which will be released just weeks after the highly anticipated Top Gun sequel.
Parnell plays Adm. Solomon “Warlock” Bates in the hit sequel, and it’s arguably the biggest project he’s ever been a part of. Bates even gets to introduce Maverick (Tom Cruise) early in the film. As one of the film’s higher-level characters, Parnell wasn’t as involved in the stunning flight sequences that Cruise and Kosinski put together, but he doesn’t need such theatrics to make his mark.
“I was jealous of flying at first, but then when I found out what they had to do to get airborne, I was like, ‘Keep going,'” Parnell joked of the training he had to skip (via the Hollywood Reporters).
Parnell even sounds like he’s ready for another sequel. When asked about the potential for a third film, he told ScreenRant, “You never know. If you asked this question in 1987 and then looked at it again in 2000, you would have some doubts.