Tom Cruise has reportedly put a halt to filming on the hugely anticipated Top Gun sequel, so he can master a new skill – piloting fighter jets.
The actor, 56, is insisting on learning to fly jets so he can make the stunts in the new movie as realistic as possible.
The Sun report the leading man’s plan to perfect his stunts means production could be halted for months.
Grand plans: Tom Cruise has reportedly put a halt to filming on the hugely anticipated Top Gun sequel, so he can master a new skill – piloting fighter jets (pictured in the 1986 original movie)
Tom, who is reprising his role as Maverick in the follow up to the 1986 movie, is notoriously daring when it comes to performing his own stunts, previously scaling the 2,700ft Burj Khalifa in Dubai for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and performing a HALO (high altitude, low opening) jump out of a plane for Fallout.
For his latest project Tom, who already has a pilot’s licence, wants to make sure the stunts are some of his most realistic yet, with an insider telling The Sun: ‘He already has a licence 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.’
Thrill seeker: The actor, 56, is insisting on learning to fly jets so he can make the stunts in the new movie as realistic as possible. (Pictured on set of the new movie in San Diego last month)
‘They also wouldn’t choose to have their long-awaited sequel delayed nearly a year, but despite the huge insurance costs they are willing to do what it takes to ensure Tom is happy.’
A representative for Tom has been contacted by MailOnline for comment.
Back in 2017 production was halted on Mission Impossible 6 for seven weeks after Tom broke his ankle jumping from a London building.
His co-star Ving Rhames admitted upon the movie’s release that he thought the Hollywood icon was getting too old for his own stunts.
Sky high: Tom, who is reprising his role as Maverick in the follow up to the 1986 movie, is notoriously daring when it comes to performing his own stunts
‘Tom’s getting older now,’ he told Empire magazine. ‘I know he loves doing his own stunts, but as a friend, after we get the close-up, maybe we should let the stunt guy do it. Maybe.’
Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theaters on June 26, 2020. It was originally slated for release on July 12, 2019 but it was delayed so filmmakers can work out logistics with the complex flight scenes, Deadline reported.
Jennifer Connelly, 47, has been on set with Tom, and will play Maverick’s love interest, replacing Kelly McGillis who played Charlie in the original.
Val Kilmer, who played Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky in the original, will also reprise his role in the sequel while Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris are joining the cast for the second installment.
Deadline reports that Cruise’s character Maverick will be a Top Gun flight instructor in the sequel; he serves as a mentor to Goose’s son.
The sequel is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy) and will hit theaters in 2020.
Tony Scott, who directed the original, was going to helm the sequel but he committed suicide in 2012 just as production talks were beginning.
Surprise! Filming for the sequel kicked off on May 31, 2018 in San Diego, California; Tom revealed the news on his Instagram