There’s an alternate universe where Twenty One Pilots could have been the musical face of the Top Gun: Maverick next instead of Lady Gaga. At least according to singer Tyler Joseph, who told KROQ that he and drummer Josh Dun were tapped to appear on the soundtrack for the sequel to the beloved 1986 fighter pilot drama before the film star n press the ejection seat button on them.
“I was working with the person in charge of musical placement for the new Superior gun writing a new song for them and then I believe Tom Cruise came along and kicked everybody out,” Joseph said of the long-gestating film’s star producer. A spokesperson for Cruise could not be reached for comment at press time.
Noting that the trailer has been around for “a few years” (it first dropped in July 2019) and that the film went through a series of revisions as it was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Joseph said that his band was “part of that.”
Coincidentally, the previous week maverick opens wide, 21P will screen their one-night-only party Cinema experience on May 19, with the extended cut of their 2021 live stream featuring an additional 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage. “We’re the only movie that can refer to any type of plane or pilot,” Joseph joked about the long-running scam he teased his group has been planning for more than a decade in order to thwart the Cruise project.
“I saw scenes. They brought me in to show me scenes and stuff, and I don’t think I started writing,” Joseph added of how far he went in the process before 21P was eliminated. “It was actually pretty soon after they brought me in to show me parts of the movie of what they were looking for and stuff, and then I found out there was a big swap. .”
And although it looks like 21P won’t be on the maverick jukebox playlist, for now, we can enjoy Gaga’s Cruise-approved soundtrack ballad, “Hold My Hand.” An Amazon listing for the official soundtrack album features Kenny Loggins’ original ‘Danger Zone’ movie hype anthem, plus several Gaga scores with Harold Faltermeyer and Hans Zimmer, co-star Miles Teller singing a version live from Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire”, as well as OneRepublic’s “I Ain’t Worried”. Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theaters nationwide on May 27 via Paramount Pictures.
Listen to the interview below.