‘Val’ Trailer: Val Kilmer Tells His Story Through 40 Years Of Home Videos

Val Kilmer will be hopping back into the cockpit as Iceman in Top Gun: Maverick, but the “need for speed” is long gone in the new documentary for Val. The Cannes selection, which premiered yesterday, charts 40 years of Kilmer’s life as seen through a myriad of home videos.

The film takes a look at Val Kilmer’s career, which began with my favorite comedy of all-time, Top Secret!, and his breakout role in Real Genius. A heartthrob and sex symbol throughout the ’80s and ’90s, Kilmer went on to star in Top Gun, Willow, Batman Forever, The Doors, and more. Then in 2014 he was diagnosed with throat cancer and nothing was ever the same.

Kilmer isn’t just the subject, but is also on board as an exec-producer. The film is directed by Ting Poo and Lee Scott, who spent nine months digitizing Kilmer’s home movies, of which there was over 200 hours shot by the actor.

Amazon Studios will release Val in theaters on July 23rd. The documentary will begin streaming on August 6th on Amazon Prime Video.

Travis Hopson
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