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Tom Cruise Reveals Title for ‘Top Gun’ Sequel

”I didn’t want a number,“ actor says of long-awaited follow up to 1986 hit

Tom Cruise has revealed the title for the “Top Gun” sequel: “Top Gun: Maverick.”

In an interview with Access Hollywood, he said, “I didn’t want a number,” he said. “You don’t need a number.”

He also teased the film in the interview, saying, “Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one … but a progression for Maverick.”

Last month, the actor said the sequel to the 1986 Tony Scott-direct blockbuster is “definitely happening” and that he will “start filming it probably in the next year.”

There have been several attempts to bring  a “Top Gun” sequel to life, but interest from key players appeared to increase in recent years. Speculation that the project was on — at last — picked up late last year after Val Kilmer, who played Cruise’s rival Iceman in the original film, said on Facebook that he’d been offered a role in a sequel. And in January, producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a picture of himself with Cruise, saying  “just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend and discuss a little ‘Top Gun 2.'”

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“Top Gun” starred Kelly McGillis, Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt and was released on May 16, 1986.

Although the film received mixed reviews when it was first released, it became a huge commercial hit, grossing $356 million although the movie was produced for only $15 million. It has since become a cult film and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Take my Breath Away” performed by Berlin.