"Top Gun: Maverick," set for release on July 12, 2019, will follow Maverick in the present day as he deals with the rise of drone technology that is making his style of jet fighter flying obsolete.
Cruise said that the sequel will retain the same tone as the first film.
"Stylistically, it is going to be the same. We're going to have the same score," the actor said.
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"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 and it is going to be in the same vein, the same tone as the first one, but a progression for [my character] Maverick."
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