Last week saw production begin on the much-awaited Tom Cruise sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. Now sources at The Wrap say that Val Kilmer has signed on the dotted line to also return to the film to reprise his role of Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.

The follow up to Tony Scott’s 1986 action outing will see Cruise return as Maverick, who has never lost that loving feeling for his need for speed, is set to return as a flight instructor to a whole host of young Geese, Icemen and Mavericks wanting to follow in his almighty flight footsteps. Iceman, in the original, was a very worthy rival of Maverick’s with his death-defying stunts through the air. No further plot details have as yet unsurfaced.

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The 1986 synopsis read: The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanour put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he’s also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).

Oblivion and Tron’s Joseph Kosinski takes the helm of the sharpshooters of the skies, he will direct from a script by Eric Warren Singer, Peter Craig and Justin Marks.

On day one of shooting, Cruise took to his Instagram to post the following image which sent shivers down the spine of all Top Gun fans.

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The film will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison for Skydance. Cruise also serves as a producer. It has a scheduled release date of July 12, 2019.