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Cruise eager for Top Gun sequel

Even at 49 Tom Cruise hasn’t ruled out another Top Gun movie. Cruise is in talks about a sequel to the camp 1986 action movie, and would welcome the chance to strap his diminutive frame back into one of the model aeroplanes for the action sequences.

Cruise is on a publicity tour for current film Rock of Ages, but keeps being asked about Top Gun. "We're working on it," he told MTV News. "We'll see what happens, if I can figure out the script and we get it. It would be fun getting into those jets. I want to get in those jets!"

Cruise has been in discussions about reviving the Top Gun characters with original director Tony Scott and legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the 80s king of the spectacular blockbuster. Cruise emphasised that the important issue for all three was recapturing the spirit of the original. "We all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same way as we shot Top Gun," he said last year.

It’s still at an early stage just yet, although there are possibilities that co-star Val Kilmer might also be available. Kilmer has expressed interest in a possible sequel.

The elephant in the room is the fact that Top Gun was about cocky young pilots. Gibson was just 22 when he played the role of Pete Mitchell, when it was not entirely embarrassing to give him the nickname Maverick. These days he might need to reach for his reading glasses just to check the navigation charts.

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