Tom Cruise shares first photo for ‘Top Gun’ sequel

Tom Cruise on the set of the original 1986 “Top Gun” movie. (Paramount Pictures via CNN)

Maverick is back!

On Thursday, Tom Cruise shared a photo on social media indicating the start of filming for the long-awaited “Top Gun” sequel.

Cruise will reprise his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in “Top Gun: Maverick,” which is expected to hit theaters in July 2019.

Aviation enthusiasts pointed out that the aircraft blurred in the background of the photo appears to be an F/A-18F Super Hornet, rather than the newer F-35C that many predicted would star in the film, according to the Navy Times.

The sequel comes more than 30 years after the 1986 blockbuster, which drew $356.8 million at the box office.

The plot is set to revolve around Maverick as he trains a new generation of pilots while adapting to the modern U.S. Navy, the Navy Times reports.