05/24/2017 09:51 EDT | Updated 05/25/2017 11:01 EDT

Tom Cruise Confirms He's Heading Back To The Danger Zone In 'Top Gun 2'

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise revealed Wednesday he plans to star in a sequel to the cult action film "Top Gun," with filming set to begin next year.

Rumours have swirled for years that he would revisit the 1986 movie that made him a household name, and Cruise finally spoke out while in Australia to promote his latest flick "The Mummy."

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Asked by a Channel Seven breakfast TV host about whether a second installment of the action drama was on the cards, he replied: "Yes, it's true."

"I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year.

"It's happening, it's definitely happening."

"It's happening, it's definitely happening."

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The original "Top Gun," which also starred Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis and Tim Robbins, received mixed reviews but was a huge commercial hit.

Directed by Tony Scott, Cruise played hotshot US Navy pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, who has a dangerous and reckless flying style.

He struggles to balance life, responsibility and a love affair while competing at the Navy's fighter-weapons school.

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