Tom Cruise fans have wondered for long if the Hollywood heartthrob would make a return on the big screen as the hunky pilot Maverick in a Top Gun sequel. If Cruise's recent interview is any indication, a second instalment of the classic 1986 action film might actually be in the works as the actor admitted "Yes, we're discussing it".

Cruise recently appeared on the Graham Norton show to promote his upcoming film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and while speaking with Norton, the actor addressed the Top Gun sequel rumours that have been brewing for some time now.

"We don't really associate Tom Cruise with franchises or sequels and yet — exciting news — is there going to be a Top Gun 2," the chat show host asked the 54-year-old actor trying to get out a Top Gun secret.

Although, Cruise at first played coy and denied being involved with any such sequel; he ultimately gave in and said, "Yes, we're discussing it." The Mission impossible actor added, "We're trying to figure it out."

According to a report by Us weekly, rumours suggesting a sequel to the much-popular military action drama first surfaced earlier this year, when director Jerry Bruckheimer shared a photo with Cruise on Twitter and teased a Top Gun 2. "Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2," Bruckheimer had tweeted.

While the sequel rumour of the blockbuster action film Top Gun, was addressed by Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison earlier, he had even given a sneak peek of the possible plot. "It is very much a world we live in today where it's drone technology and fifth generation fighters. ... It's really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today," he had said.

But most importantly, Ellison had assured Top Gun fans about Cruise's character's presence in the sequel. "There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie, and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick," he said.

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Tom Cruise as Maverick in 1986's Top Gun Paramount Pictures