Prepare to have your breath taken away, because the long-gestating Top Gun sequel is officially happening.
Star Tom Cruise has tweeted a pic from the set, marking the first day of filming. Tentatively titled Top Gun: Maverick, it will reunite us with Cruise's cocky fighter pilot, 32 years after the release of the testosterone-laden original. (We do hope the character has grown up somewhat in that time.) It alludes to the character's catchphrase, "I feel the need... The need for speed", and will no doubt have fans of the original fist-pumping. And yes, that's his Tomcat jet in the background.
Released in 1986, and directed by the late Tony Scott (brother of Ridley), the original Top Gun was emblematic of the then-revolutionary MTV era: flashy, visually stylish, and with a pounding soundtrack so inescapably eighties, it practically turned your hair into a perm as you watched.
It also made a huge star of Cruise as Maverick, the fledgling fighter pilot battling his own worst impulses and rival Ice Man (Val Kilmer). At the same time, he also fell for cinema's most implausible psychologist, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).
The soundtrack, featuring the likes of Berlin's 'Take My Breath Away' and Kenny Loggins' 'Danger Zone' (which features no less than three times in the movie), was no less sensational.
Top Gun: Maverick will reunite Cruise with Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski. The Hollywood Reporter indicates the story will be "set in the current time and dealing with very modern warfare, Maverick follows fighter pilots as they grapple with drone tech that is making their old style of flying obsolete".
Produced by the first film's Jerry Bruckheimer, the movie is due to hit us in July 2019. In the meantime, catch Cruise in action in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which reaches us on 27th July.