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Maverick Down? Tom Cruise dives through the snow in Lake Tahoe for intense Top Gun 2 scenes

The actor appeared to be filming a dramatic scene (possibly after having ejected from his aircraft), as he also donned his famed red and white helmet as he fell through the snow

Tom Cruise has been busy filming the Top Gun sequel since September, 32 years after the original action movie was released.

According to the Daily Mail, the actor, 56, transformed into Maverick once again, as he got to work on set to film at Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on Dec. 13, 2018.

The actor appeared to be filming a dramatic scene (possibly after having ejected from his aircraft), as he also donned his famed red and white helmet as he fell through the snow.

In November, the actor had reportedly delayed filming for the hotly-anticipated sequel so that he could master a new skill – piloting fighter jets.

An insider told The Sun: ‘He already has a license to fly planes but isn’t qualified to fly fighter jets, which he’s now learning to do.’

‘He won’t film all the flight sequences — it’s too dangerous — but he will fly some, making him the first actor in cinema history to do so. The producers would prefer not to put their leading man, not to mention their whole film, at risk.’

As we have already explained the movie was assigned a theatrical release date of Jul. 12, 2019 last year, but on September Paramount announced that had delayed the sequel nearly an entire year, assigning it a new release date of Jun. 26, 2020.

Noteworthy as already reported Maverick’s rides for Top Gun sequel will be a cool special painted F/A-18F Super Hornet (which experienced a mid-air issue while it was flying with Tom Cruise on board in September) and a new motorcycle that Tom Cruise already drove around airfield (as he did on a Kawasaki Ninja in the 1986 original) as shown in first pictures from Top Gun: Maverick set.

Top Gun: Maverick will likely feature the Navy’s new Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters alongside older Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

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In August in fact, a film crew fromParamount Pictures was aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) thesame time the Navy began launching F-35C jets off the ship interchangeably with F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as an integrated air wing.

Tom Cruise teased the start of filming on the long-awaited Top Gun sequel on May 31, 2018with a tweet featuring an image of an older Capt. Pete Mitchell standing in a flight suit with his famous HGU-33 helmet (that wore to fly his F-14A Tomcat) in hand.

Top Gun: Maverick will also see Kenny Loggins re-recording ‘DangerZone’ for the movie aswell as Harold Faltermeyer and Hans Zimmer joining forces on the score forthe movie.

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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