About 33 years after the original Top Gun hit theaters, Tom Cruise will be back in his flight suit as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell for Top Gun 2, officially titled Top Gun: Maverick. Joseph Kosinski, who worked with Cruise on the sci-fi action film Oblivion, will be handling directing duties.
“Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one, but a progression for Maverick,” Cruise told Access Hollywood in June 2017 about the film.
The story will be set in the present day and will deal with Cruise’s Maverick and his fellow group of fighter pilots as modern technology starts changing their jobs. Crew members and actors from in front and behind the camera from Top Gun will be returning for the sequel, including German composer Harold Faltermeyer, who will be updating his now-famous film score.
Top Gun has become a defining movie of the 1980s, and the music, sunglasses, and many of the lines from the film have become iconic in their own right. Now, a new generation will get to enjoy the aviators and high-flying antics in the sequel.
Cruise marked the first day of filming on the movie with a photo on Twitter:
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) May 31, 2018
Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theaters on July 12, 2019.
Now, here’s everything you need to know about the Top Gun sequel.