It has been learned that the runway has been cleared by the air traffic controller for Top Gun: Maverick to take off in the coming months.
According to a new report from Omega Underground earlier today, the long-awaited sequel will begin principal photography in July with the involvement of star-studded actor Tom Cruise.
Cruise was previously trying to land the secondary male lead role in the upcoming movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. However, director Quentin Tarantino has gone with Brad Pitt instead. It is believed that the decision was taken because Cruise was too busy with Top Gun: Maverick. Since both movies are slated to begin production over the summer, Tarantino could not take on Cruise unless he was fine with delaying his own project.
The setting of Top Gun: Maverick remains unknown but will allegedly involve unmanned aerial vehicles in some capacity. That should not leave fans disappointed because the drone warfare will be accompanied by fighter jets as well, a core aspect from the original movie.
There are strong reports that director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) has been called in to helm the sequel. Cruise himself has stated at one point that key members from the original movie will return, such as composer Harold Faltermeyer.
Top Gun: Maverick is slated to open in theaters on July 12, 2019. The lead actor will probably have moved on to Edge of Tomorrow 2 by then, which begins production in early 2019.
The first movie was released back in 1986 and managed an impressive $356 million in the box office on a budget of just $15 million. Tony Scott, who directed the original, had plans to take on the sequel as well. However, he tragically passed away just a day before he was set to talk with Cruise in late 2012.