Photo: “Top Gun 2” Starts Production

Tom Cruise has teased the start of production on the “Top Gun” sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” which is slated to open July 12th next year.

The new film’s story is set in the present and Maverick follows fighter pilots as they grapple with drone tech that is making their old style of flying obsolete.

Cruise tweeted a picture on the first day of filming on the Joseph Kosinski-directed project, a throwback picture showing Cruise’s iconic character looking at his F-14A Tomcat.

German composer Harold Faltermeyer, who created the original’s iconic score, is also returning. Cruise, David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer are producing.