Updated: Jul 11
Jet pilots, dinosaurs and the king of rock and roll share more than giant box office revenues this summer—they all boast Nevada ties. Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World Dominion and Elvis either mention the state or filmed here. Maverick hides the link and only cites Nevada in end credits with thanks to the Naval Air Station in Fallon where the real Top Gun school operates. Jurassic World titles specifically say Nevada when showing an illegal dinosaur farm. Not great for Nevada’s image perhaps, but at least we can rest assured it’s fake since all the trees look like the kind you find in British Columbia. Oh yeah, and because dinosaur farms remain fantasy and movie magic. Movie magic turns Australian sound stages into Nevada for Elvis as in Presley, the famed singer who really existed and worked in the state. The sets and effects look great. Luhrmann includes some basics from data surrounding Elvis Presley including his long stint at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and his passion for Cadillacs. You can see one of them (he owned more than 100) at Reno's National Automobile Museum.