Lonely Planet Writer

Take my breath away: Find out where Tom Cruise is filming the Top Gun sequel

f you’re in the San Diego area this summer, you might spot a few famous faces around the place. Filming has begun there on the movie “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to the 1986 blockbuster “Top Gun,” and actors Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer have been seen around the area.

The Top Gun sequel is being filmed in San Diego. Image: Paramount Pictures

Cruise (55), who was recently in Norway filming “Mission Impossible 6,” is reprising the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. He played a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, who was given the chance to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, and the role made him into a superstar in the 1980s. Filming is reportedly taking place at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and Cruise recently posted a picture of himself standing on the tarmac with the hashtag #Day1 on Instagram. He captioned it, “Feel the Need,” which is taken from a line from the first film, “I feel the need, the need for speed.”

The sequel to Top Gun is being filmed in San Diego. Image by ©Dancestrokes/Shutterstock

Full plot details for the sequel are being kept under wraps, including cast details, but Kilmer (58) has been spotted in the San Diego hotel headquarters where the movie team are based, This has led to the deduction that he is reprising his role as Maverick’s adversary, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. It is believed that the movie will deal with drone technology, with Maverick and Iceman serving as mentors to a new generation of fighter pilots.

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Much of the original movie was shot in San Diego, and the locations have become much-visited by fans of the blockbuster. Aside from the air station which is not readily accessible to the public, Kansas City Barbeque where the stars played “Great Balls of Fire” on the piano is now a tourist attraction, even after a major fire. West Laurel and Union Streets (Banker’s Hill) is the location of the scene where Charlie (Kelly McGillis) pursues Maverick in her Porsche and confronts him, and as you go up the hill, you see a big palm tree where the scene was filmed.

Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer were adversaries in the original Top Gun. Image: Paramount Pictures

“Top Gun: Maverick” is scheduled for a summer 2019 release, and we’re sure we’ll be hearing much more about it from San Diego in the coming months.