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Tom Cruise posts first ‘Top Gun 2’ photo from the movie set

Tom Cruise shares first photo from the “Top Gun 2” movie set.

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Pictures of the long awaited sequel of “Top Gun” is under way – and lead star Tom Cruise has already shared a photo from the set of the air force action film.

The 55-year-old Scientology poster boy revealed that filming for the new movie began on May 30 – more than a year before the film is due to hit screens.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the star revealed he slipped back into his plane overall and has his helmet in hand, ready for action.

#Day1 pic.twitter.com/7jjPL277Es

— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) 31-May-2018

With his back to the camera, and faced with a jet, Tom ‘ s iconic character, Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, seems ready to take to the cockpit.

Simply captioning the tweet with the hashtag: “Day 1” on the photo shared by the star to his 6.8 million followers, the iconic quote: “Feel the need.”

The simple update was enough for the fans of the movie that came out in 1986 – in a wild spiral of excitement.

“I can’t believe it’s finally happening!” a fan gushed.

“I’ve been waiting to see a sequel to Top Gun when I first saw the original movie for the first time when I was 13 years old,” she added.

While many others took to Twitter to express that they “can’t wait” for the second film.

With the title “Top Gun: Maverick,” in the movie “Top Gun” series is due to be released on June 12, 2019.

The script is co-written by “The Hunger Games” movie, from writer Peter Craig, and The Jungle Book writer Justin Marks.

While the sequel is directed by Joseph Kosinski – director Tom in the 2013 action film “Oblivion” and has also directed sci-fi sequel “Tron: Legacy” and firefighter drama “Only The Brave.”

Original “Top Gun” director Tony Scott, took his own life in August 2012 after the plans for the sequel had already begun.

The new film is expected to his drone war as fighter jets, with Tom’s character to act as a flight instructor teaching young pilots.

Speaking to Access Hollywood about the project last year, Tom promised a lot of adrenaline and style in the sequel.

“Pilots are back, the need for speed. We’re going to be big, fast machines,” he said.

“It’s going to be a competition film, such as the first…but a progression for Maverick,” the star added.

Other cast details are not yet revealed, but Tom’s on-screen lover of Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood, played by Kelly McGillis, said they intended to “cameo” in the sequel, when interviewed back in 2014.

This article originally appeared on The Sun.

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