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Tom Cruise is getting back the need for speed in the long-awaited Top Gun sequel, and it's nearly here.
Top Gun: Maverick sees Tom Cruise return as his title hot-shot character, which will serve as a direct sequel to the 1986 film which transformed him into a Hollywood icon.
But when is it released and who else is starring? Here's all we know so far:
Top Gun: Maverick will finally arrive at cinemas in the UK on May 25, 2022 and in US cinemas on May 27, 2022.
It was originally scheduled for July 2019, but was delayed for a year due to "logistical reasons". It was then moved once again due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is directed by Joseph Kosinski, who previously worked with Tom Cruise on Oblivion.
The film is based on a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie, from a story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks.
Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell.
In 2018, he tweeted a picture from set with the iconic quote "Feel the need" and captioned it "#Day 1". He also told Access Hollywood: “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.”
Meanwhile, actor Miles Teller has joined the cast as Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Goose in the original film.
Val Kilmer - who played Iceman in the original - is also back, and is now a four-star admiral and currently serves as Chief of Naval Operations.
There will also be roles for Jennifer Connelly as Maverick's assistant and love interest Amy, and new appearances from Jon Hamm and Ed Harris.
It has yet to be revealed if any other original cast members will be back. Kelly McGillis has said that she would at least like a cameo as Charlie Blackwood. She said in 2014: "[Top Gun] was far more popular than I ever imagined it would be... because I took so much time off that I can come back to acting – without trying to be anything other than who I am."
In 2019, Tom Cruise himself unveiled the first official trailer, which you can watch above.
The trailer shows Maverick as a fighter ace who is clinging onto the traditions of the past, despite living in an age where drones are now used alongside humans.
"You can't get a promotion, You won't retire," Ed Harris says.. "Despite your best efforts, you refuse to die!"
Further action footage shows Maverick weaving around rocky mountains, while some kind of threat is seen above.
"The end is inevitable, Maverick. Your kind is headed for extinction," Harris's character warns him, to which he replies: "Maybe so, sir. But not today."
Later that year, a second longer trailer was unveiled, which you can watch below:
A third full-length trailer was also released in March 2022, showing even more footage and incredible stunts:
Top Gun 2 will be set in the modern day, as the pilots take on drone warfare and fighter jets.
The sequel will be a reverse of the original, with Maverick returning as an instructor.
The film will also feature the adult son of Goose (Riot FKA Wrigley), who is also likely to clash with Maverick.
Composer Harold Faltermeyer has confirmed that he will return for the sequel, to bring back that sweet 1980s mood. Hans Zimmer has also worked on the score.
Kenny Loggins has also revealed that his classic tune from the original 'Danger Zone' will feature in the film.
Lady Gaga has provided a brand new song for the film. Here is the full soundtrack tracklist:
If you haven't seen the original (where have you been!?), here's a brief synopsis. But spoilers ahead! Obviously.
Released in 1986 and directed by the late Tony Scott, the film focuses on The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School, where the best of the best train to perfect their elite flying skills.
When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Cruise) arrives, his reckless attitude puts him at odds with the other pilots, particularly the cool and collected Iceman (Kilmer). Meanwhile, Maverick also competes for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (McGillis).