'Top Gun 3' is reportedly in the works. Here's who will return

Maverick is coming back (again) for a third installment of the "Top Gun" franchise, according to reports.

Tom Cruise poses for the media during the "Top Gun Maverick" U.K. premiere.

Get ready to indulge your need for speed: "Top Gun 3" is officially happening.

Tom Cruise and "Top Gun: Maverick" co-writer Ehren Kruger will be teaming up again for a third installment in the "Top Gun" franchise, according to reports.

The film is also said to reunite the actor with his previous co-stars Glen Powell and Miles Teller and with director Joe Kosinski, who helmed "Maverick."

As for when fans of the film franchise can expect to see the new movie, that’s undetermined. However the release is likely quite some time from now. 

Cruise is working on completing his "Mission Impossible" franchise, with the last installment not slated for release until May 2025. While behind-the-scenes work could happen in the interim, there's no current known timeline for filming and releasing a third "Top Gun."

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The news, however, is likely to excite both old and new fans of the famous fictional pilot. 

The original movie came out in 1986 and was the highest-grossing film of that year. And it seems to have left a lasting impression on viewers, as they turned out in droves for the 2022 sequel.

While the first film was box office gold, the second, "Top Gun: Maverick," was solid platinum. Even when taking inflation into account, the second movie surpassed the first film's box office earnings. It also became the fifth-highest grossing film of all time, surpassing well-known box office hit "Titanic" and garnering a cool six Oscar nominations.

While some might argue that long-term film franchises are becoming played out, the success of the second film is hard to deny, and the stars seem eager to return. In fact, Teller — who played Rooster, the son of Maverick’s friend and flight partner Goose — and Cruise have been in talks about a third film since the second one hit theaters.

This story was originally published by Shea Simmons on Simplemost