Top Gun 2 confirmed, Tom Cruise to return as Maverick

By HT

Top Gun 2, a sequel to the 1986 action drama that cemented Tom Cruise's status as Hollywood's top stars, has been confirmed by Skydance CEO David Ellison.

Speaking at a Terminator Genisys press event, the 32-year-old producer confirmed that the project is in development and hinted that Cruise, 52, will reprise his role, reported Variety. Cruise played Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, a young Naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, in the film.

"There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie, and there is no Top Gun without Maverick , and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick," he said.

Revealing the plot details Ellision said that sequel to the blockbuster hit is set in the world we live in today.

"Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today. It's drone technology and fifth generation fighters... It's really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today," he said.

In 2010, there were plans to make a sequel of Top Gun. At the time Paramount hoped to land Cruise for a small appearance. Then original director Tony Scott decided to direct, and Cruise’s role was said to have grown to lead status. But the 2012 death of Scott stalled Top Gun 2 for years.