Top Gun 2 is Happening!

It’s happening! Top Gun 2 is official and that comes from no less an authority than Tom Cruise himself. We can now collectively say aloud “I feel the need …” Cruise revealed the news while on a promotional tour for his new movie The Mummy while on Australian morning TV show Sunrise. WOW! “Take me to bed or lose me forever.”

“Top Gun 2, please say it’s true.” asked one of the hosts. “It’s true. It’s true,” replied the star of the 1986 original. “I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It’s happening. It is definitely happening … you’re the first people that I’ve said this to.” All we can say is “Maverick, you just did an incredibly brave thing.”

Rumors had been circulating about a sequel for some time. And last January they ramped up when producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a photo of him and Cruise stating, “Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend Tom Cruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2.”

In a later appearance on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show Cruise said that they were trying to figure it out. While Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the original, a rival pilot to Cruise’s Maverick, had indicated that a sequel might be in the works in a Reddit AMA. A Redditor asked about whether he would be interested in doing a Top Gun 2 and Kilmer replied, “Hell yes and what a hoot it will be.”

The film now has an official title and, no, it’s not Top Gun 2. It is instead Top Gun: Maverick as Tom Cruise confirmed on Access Hollywood during an interview promoting his film The Mummy. And it’s obviously a reference to Cruise’s call sign in the 1986 original, where he played the US Naval Aviator Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell.

It’s thought the film will likely be out sometime around summer 2019. Check out the interview where Cruises makes the announcement below.

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