Tom Cruise, actor-producer shared the first shot of from the set of Top Gun: Maverick, Paramount’s long-awaited movie and it also a follow-up to the 1986 classic, Top Gun.
In the teaser image — posted to Cruise’s social media on “#Day1” of production for the 2019 release — the action star poses as his United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, aviators and all. Decked in his aviation gear and holding his helmet, Cruise gazes across the tarmac at a F-18 Tomcat (Maverick’s plane of choice in the original film).
Cruise labelled the picture “FEEL THE NEED,” referencing Maverick’s iconic quote, “I feel the need, the need for speed.”
Top Gun: Maverick is being made by filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, Cruise’s director on the 2013 sci-fi drama Oblivion. He has experience making sequels decades after their original release, having directed 2010’s Tron: Legacy.
In October, Kosinski told ComingSoon.net that the film would address how the Navy’s culture has changed.
“The Navy is very different now than it was in 1986,” he said. “Back then, they hadn’t been in any war for 15 or 20 years at that point. The tone of that movie and what those guys were doing was very different. Now, the Navy’s been at war for 20 years. It’s just a different world now, so you can’t remake the first movie. It has to adapt.”
“That being said, I certainly want to recreate the experience of that movie, which gives you a front-seat into the world of Naval aviation and what it’s like to be in a fighter jet,” he said. “The approach is going to be appropriate for the times we live in.”