May 24, 2017 / 12:32 AM / 2 months ago

Tom Cruise ready for take off in 'Top Gun 2'

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(Reuters) - Tom Cruise, still feeling the need for speed, said in an interview that a sequel to his 1986 military action film "Top Gun" is "definitely happening."

Cruise, currently promoting his latest film "The Mummy," was speaking on the Wednesday edition of Australia's morning TV show "Sunrise" when he was asked by the host if rumors of "Top Gun 2" were true.

Actor Tom Cruise unveils a 75-foot tall sarcophagus to promote the film "The Mummy" at the Hollywood and Highland gateway in Hollywood, California, May 20, 2017.Patrick T. Fallon

"It's true, it's true," he said, grinning as he added, "I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. It's happening."

Cruise played the cocky pilot Maverick in "Top Gun," one of the top students in an U.S. training camp for elite military fighter pilots and engaged in a bitter rivalry with a fellow pilot played by Val Kilmer.

The Paramount Pictures film launched Cruise's career as a global action star and grossed more than $350 million globally, according to film tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Representatives for Paramount Pictures declined to comment to Reuters on whether the studio is involved with the sequel.

"Top Gun" producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a photo with Cruise last week, captioning it as the 31st anniversary of the opening day of "Top Gun."

In January 2016, Bruckheimer teased "Top Gun" fans by tweeting "Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2."

Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy in Los Angeles; Editing by Bill Trott

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