Tom Cruise has confirmed rumors that a sequel to 1986 classic Top Gun is in the works, with filming to begin “probably in the next year”.

Cruise revealed the news while on a promotional tour for his upcoming film Mummy, telling an Australian morning show, “It is definitely happening.”

“It’s true. It’s true,” he said. “I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It’s happening. It is definitely happening … you’re the first people that I’ve said this to.”

In January 2016, original producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a photo of himself with Cruise, saying: “Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend Tom Cruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2.”

“We’re trying to figure it out,” Cruise clarified in a subsequent appearance on the Graham Norton Show.

The sequel was hinted at again more recently in April during an “Ask me anything” on Reddit, when Val Kilmer – who starred in the original film with Cruise and Kelly McGillis – was asked by a user whether he would be doing Top Gun 2. “Hell yes,” he replied, “and what a hoot it will be.”

Kilmer was also asked if the on-screen rivalry between his character Iceman and Cruise’s character Maverick was present off-screen as well.

“[Cruise] was a sweetheart,” Kilmer replied. “We were all quite rowdy me and all the real flyboys and the actors, so I actually felt a little sorry for him cause we all had time to play and date the cute extras and zoom around San Diego in muscle cars, but Tom was always in some scene and never got to play with us.”

Top Gun is an action and romance film about a squad of fighter pilots, released in 1986 and has since become something of a cult classic. The original grossed $356 million at the box office and featured Kenny Loggins hit Dangerzone‘ in the soundtrack.

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