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Tom Cruise drops the first official photo for the ‘Top Gun’ sequel

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Get ready to feel the need for speed all over again. After years of rumors,Top Gun 2— which may or may not be titled Top Gun: Maverick —is officially hitting theaters in July 2019, and Tom Cruise isn’t the only pilot returning for the sequel.

Set to reunite Cruise withOblivion directorJoseph Kosinski, theTop Gun sequel will bring back hotshot Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) for a story reportedly dealing with the rise of unmanned dronesin the military.Cruise is only cast member officially confirmed for the film at this point, but a new, unconfirmed report suggests that Val Kilmer will also reprise his role asTom “Iceman” Kazansky.

According to The Wrap, Kilmer has been “spottedaround the San Diego hotel the studio has been using since production began last week” and an unidentified source involved with the film has confirmed Kilmer’s involvement. It’s all unofficial at this point, but given that Iceman was Maverick’s chief rival in the original film, a return to the role isn’t all that surprising.

On May 31, Cruise posted a photo on Twitter from the first day of production on the film.The photo features Cruise back in his flight suit, with the tagline “Feel The Need” superimposed over the image.

Tom Cruise first confirmed the sequel in May 2017 during an appearance on the Australian showSunrise when the hosts asked him about the long-standing rumors. Apparently, he decided to finally let the cat out of the bag because he confirmed the news and revealed not only that “it’s true,” but also that he’ll start filming “probably in the next year.”

Although Cruise suggested that the film might be titledTop Gun: Maverick, the studio has yet to announce the sequel’s official title.

Even though the show’s hosts had specifically brought up the subject, they seemed hilariously shocked whenCruise actuallyconfirmed the rumors.It makes sense why, though. In spite of producer Jerry Bruckheimerteasing possible plots since at least 2014 and Val Kilmer letting slip in late 2015 that he’d been offered the chance to reprise his role, the hosts were the first to get a confirmation from Cruise himself.

Variety laterreported that Kosinski hadalready been hiredto direct the film. The report claimed that Cruise met with several potential directors ahead of shooting for Mission: Impossible – Falloutin London to ensure production was ready to begin quickly. Deadline later confirmed the news regarding Kosinski, but studio Paramount Pictures didn’t make anything official until a month later when it announced the 2019 release date for the film.

The original 1986 action flick helped propel Cruise to superstardom in the role of a cocky young pilotwho gets the opportunity to train with the Navy’s elite Fighter Weapons School in San Diego. He was joined by his radar intercept officer Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards), and the film also starred Kilmer as Maverick’s rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazanski. Kelly McGillis portrayed civilian instructor Charlie Blackwood in the film, and Tim Robbins played fellow pilot Sam “Merlin” Wells.

Directed by Tony Scott, the film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Take My Breath Away performed by Berlin. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Paramount Pictures has the film scheduled to hit theaters July 12, 2019.

Updated June 7: Added news on a report indicating that Val Kilmer will also reprise his role for the sequel.

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