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Tom Cruise feels the need for speed as he reprises Maverick role in first look at Top Gun sequel 

Maverick is back.

Tom Cruise has shared the first picture from the upcoming Top Gun sequel.

The 55-year-old confirmed with an Instagram post that production on the eagerly anticipate follow-up to the ’80s classic was underway.

Feel the need: Tom Cruise has shared the first picture from the upcoming Top Gun sequel

The caption simply read: ‘#Day1’ 

In the snap, Cruise dons a flightsuit and carries the exact same helmet he wore in the 1986 original.

While his face is turned away from the camera, fans can see he is also wearing his iconic aviators too.

In the distance he’s staring at a fighter jet, although it is a machine ’80s kids will be unfamiliar with.

Day 1: The 55-year-old confirmed with an Instagram post that production on the eagerly anticipate follow-up to the '80s classic was underway

Day 1: The 55-year-old confirmed with an Instagram post that production on the eagerly anticipate follow-up to the ’80s classic was underway

Finally: The sequel ¿ tiled Top Gun: Maverick ¿ has been in the works since 2010, when paramount approached producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott

Finally: The sequel — tiled Top Gun: Maverick — has been in the works since 2010, when paramount approached producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott

With his beloved F-14 Tomcat long since retired, this time round Maverick will be piloting a F-18 Super Hornet.

You can be my wingman any time: Val Kilmer is also set to reprise his role as Iceman

You can be my wingman any time: Val Kilmer is also set to reprise his role as Iceman

It remains to be seen who will fill the second seat, with Goose now long gone.

Across the pic reads the tagline: ‘FEEL THE NEED’ — the speed is implied.

The sequel — tiled Top Gun: Maverick — has been in the works since 2010, when paramount approached producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott.

However when Tony — brother of fellow director Ridley Scott — committed suicide in 2012, the project’s future was in question.

The plot will reporedly focus on the end of the dogfighting era, and the rise of drones.

Val Kilmer is also set to reprise his role as Iceman.

Top Gun Maverick is slated for release on July 12, 2019 

Back in the day: Val in the 1986 original

Back in the day: Val in the 1986 original



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