"Excited to make it official. Joe Kosinski is on board to direct. And Top Gun is coming to theaters July 12, 2019. #TopGun #Maverick," the producer tweeted alongside an old pic of Tom Cruise as hotshot fighter pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.
The film will be released 33 years after the original movie and is titled Top Gun: Maverick. Kosinski, who had been a rumored favorite to direct the film, previously directed the actor in the 2013 film Oblivion.
Earlier this month, Cruise dished on the sequel, telling Australia's Sunrise morning show, "It's true. You know what? I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. It's happening. It is definitely happening."
Val Kilmer, who starred in the original as the cocky fighter pilot Tom "Iceman" Kazanski, has expressed his interest on social media about reprising his role. Wearing a T-shirt featuring an illustration of his character, the actor tweeted on June 6, "Still got it... just sayin..."