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A follow-up to Tony Scott's 1986 hit has been in the works for quite some time with Tom Cruise interested in reprising his role as United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.

The actor, in the country promoting The Mummy reboot, broke the news to Sunrise hosts Sam Armytage and David Koch this morning.

"We talked a little bit about Top Gun", the movie mogul said.

The rumors about a Top Gun sequel are true.

He said, "it's true, yeah it's true", while smiling like it was the greatest news ever. "It is definitely happening", he continued.

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Cruise, who is one of the film industry's biggest bankable stars, said filming would probably start in the next year.

"It's an iconic character that he helped create, so I think we would like to see what happened to Maverick". But he was bombarded with even more questions past year about the possibility of a sequel as fans celebrated the 30th anniversary of the film.

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

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