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Top Gun 2 Kicks Off Production With Tease From Tom Cruise

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Maverick is ready to ride right into the Danger Zone once again.

Filming has begun on the long-delayed Top Gun sequel, tentatively titled Top Gun: Maverick, with Tom Cruise reprising the role that made him an international superstar. The actor teased the start of production with a post on his Instagram account, accompanied by the hashtag, "#Day1."

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The image shows hotshot pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, with his familiar calls ign on his flight helmet, preparing to take to the skies in a Navy fighter. The image promises to bring the speed with the tagline "FEEL THE NEED."

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A sequel to Top Gun has been in development since 2010, with pre-production stalling after the 2012 death of Tony Scott, who directed the 1986 original. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer hired Justin Marks (The Jungle Book) to write the sequel, with Joseph Kosinski, who worked with Cruise on 2013's Oblivion, directing.

While details about the production, including which other actors will return, the film will have the soundtrack composed by Harold Faltermeyer, who wrote the iconic 1986 soundtrack with Giorgio Moroder.

Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released on July 12, 2019.

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