Actor Tom Cruise. (File Photo: Xinhua/IANS)

Entertainment Magazine’s News Desk || IANS || July 19, 2019

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise is back as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell after 34 years in “Top Gun: Maverick”, and the anticipated film’s first sneak peek shows him soaring high in the sky.

Cruise made a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday to launch the first trailer of the long-awaited sequel, calling it “a love letter to aviation”.

I was always asked “When are you going to do another one?’ Well, you’ve been very patient with me. I felt like it was my responsibility to really deliver for you,” Cruise is seen saying at the event in a video, which has gone viral on the Internet. 

“I really wanted to give you all an experience of what it is to be inside that aircraft. It’s a love letter to aviation,” the 57-year-old said, adding that for him “Top Gun” is about competition, sacrifice, family, heroism and aviation”. 

Released in 1986, “Top Gun” was apparently inspired by a magazine article on Navy pilots. The film followed life of a fighter pilot and launched Cruise’s career as a global action star.

In the trailer, the actor looks charming, and is as devoted to his duty as he was in the original movie.

The sequel picks up decades after the 1986 box-office hit. It also features Miles Teller as the son of Goose, Maverick’s partner who died in the original film.