Filming for the sequel to the 1986 Tom Cruise film, "Top Gun" got underway today at Naval Station North Island on Coronado.
Actor Tom Cruise tweeted out the photo above today announcing that day one of production on Top Gun 2 was officially underway. TMZ also released video, reportedly of the actor riding a motorcycle on base. See below.
Since plans for the sequel were announced, there has been much speculation whether any filming would return to San Diego. A number of scenes in the original used local locations, including Kansas City BBQ on Harbor Dr., a home in Oceanside and The Mission Beach Plunge.
Not much has been revealed about the plot of the sequel but the film's Director did offer some hints during an interview last year.
Lt. Commander Ryan Devera, a spokesman with the Navy confirmed to KOGO news that production is underway on the Naval base in Coronado with the following statement.
"The Department of Defense and The Navy have agreed to support the production of Top Gun: Maverick. The Navy is supporting one shoot this week, at Naval Air Station North Island, per our production assistance agreement, signed by Paramount and the Department of Defense. That agreement covers two days of shooting and details related to future filming. Specifics on what support the Navy will provide in support of the ongoing production are still being worked out. "
"Top Gun: Maverick" is set to be released in 2019. In this sequel, Cruise is set to reprise his role as hotshot Navy fighter pilot, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.