Tom Cruise shares first photo for ‘Top Gun’ sequel

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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.

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