Tom Cruise's 'Top Gun' sequel gets July 2019 release date

Paramount Studios has given Tom Cruise's "Top Gun" sequel a July 12, 2019, release date.

Variety reported on May 24 that Joseph Kosinski — who directed Cruise in "Oblivion" — was the frontrunner to direct "Top Gun 2" for Paramount and Skydance Pictures.

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American actors Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise on the set of Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Tom Cruise on the set of Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, and Kelly McGillis, as Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
American actor Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
American actor Tom Cruise on the set of Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis on the set of Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
American actor Tom Cruise on the set of Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
American actor Tom Cruise with British director Tony Scott on the set of his movie Top Gun. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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Skydance CEO David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the 1986 original, will produce with Cruise. This latest project will be set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters and explore the end of an era of dogfighting.

Cruise said recently that the title would be "Top Gun: Maverick."

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