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Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly recreate Top Gun’s iconic Motorbike Scene for the Movie Sequel

Connelly hopped off the bike and gave Cruise a kiss on the cheek before finally locking lips as cameras rolled

Taken on Nov. 2, 2018 in Los Angeles the pictures in this post show Tom Cruise as he got back into character as Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (although according to a nametag on his character’s jacket, he’s now a Captain) to film motorbike scenes with Jennifer Connelly for the Top Gun sequel on Thursday, 32 years after the original action movie.

According to Daily Mail, Connelly will play Maverick’s love interest in Top Gun: Maverick, replacing Kelly McGillis who played Charlie in the original.

November 2’s scene, featuring an ocean backdrop, had Cruise riding the motorcycle with Connelly beaming away with the wind in her hair while holding on tight to the movie hero.

Connelly sat on the back of the high-powered motorcycle wearing a navy bomber and cropped blue jeans.

After a little while she hopped off the bike and gave Cruise a kiss on the cheek before finally locking lips as cameras rolled.

A limited edition Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon, which costs around $30,000 new and is one of the fastest road bikes in the world, is Cruise’s bike of choice for the new movie.

Noteworthy much of the original movie was filmed in San Diego but it looks like the sequel will also feature shots of Los Angeles.

Noteworthy earlier this mont a film insider said that Tom Cruise had put the filming of Top Gun: Maverick on hold so that he could learn to fly an F/A-18 fighter jet. However almost immediately, Paramount has confirmed that Tom Cruise will fly “certain aircraft” but not F/A-18 fighter jets in Top Gun sequel. Additionally, the studio also revealed that filming has not been halted in order for the actor to learn how to fly a fighter jet, but because the filmmakers need the extra time to get up to date with all of the current military weapons to get some realism included in the project.

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.

As already reported Maverick’s aircraft 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).

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.

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

This print is available in multiple sizes from – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F/A-18F Super Hornet VFA-103 Jolly Rogers, AG200 / 166620 / 2007

Tom Cruise teased the start of filming on the long-awaited Top Gun sequel on May 31, 2018 with 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.

A new group of U.S. Naval Aviators will join Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer returning as Maverick and Iceman respectively in Top Gun: Maverick.

The movie in fact will also feature Manny Jacinto (who will be playing a pilot named Fritz in Top Gun sequel) Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Miles Teller, Glen Powell and Monica Barbaro. Many of the details surrounding Top Gun: Maverick have yet to be disclosed, but some of the other casting specifics give us a small indication of the direction of the film. Teller in fact has been cast as Goose’s son and will be Maverick’s new protégé – however the characters have been rumored to have a rocky relationship as well.

Top Gun: Maverick will also see Kenny Loggins re-recording ‘Danger Zone’ for the movie as well as Harold Faltermeyer and Hans Zimmer joining forces on the score for the 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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