Tom Cruise, 59, looks as young as ever as he reprises the role in the Top Gun sequel

He was just 24 years old when Top Gun was first released in 1986.

And 36 years later, tom cruise It didn’t seem to have aged a day as the sequel Top Gun: Maverick gears up for release after years of delays.

The 59-year-old movie star is reprising his role as LT Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell and he looked as comfortable as ever when he changed into his pilot’s uniform.

Takes your breath away: 36 years after Top Gun, Tom Cruise didn't look like he'd aged a day in the sequel to Top Gun: Maverick

It takes your breath away: I was only 24 years old when Top Gun was first released in 1986.

It takes your breath away: He was just 24 when Top Gun was first released in 1986 (right) And 36 years later, Tom Cruise didn’t seem to have aged a day as the sequel Top Gun: Maverick gears up for release years later of delays

In Top Gun: Maverick, his character is now a flight instructor, training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen.

The highly anticipated sequel opens in UK theaters on May 25 and in US theaters on May 27.

The original 1986 film was a box office hit that put Tom on the map as he starred alongside co-stars Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan, Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer.

The film became a huge success, grossing more than $356 million, on a budget of just $15 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Top Gun was the highest grossing movie of 1986.

On the set: Filming for the sequel began on May 31, 2018, but the release date was pushed back due to the Covid pandemic

On the set: Filming for the sequel began on May 31, 2018, but the release date was pushed back due to the Covid pandemic

Iconic: The original 1986 film was a box office hit that put Tom on the map as he starred alongside co-stars Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan, Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer.

Iconic: The original 1986 film was a box office hit that put Tom on the map as he starred alongside co-stars Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan, Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer.

Top Gun was Tom’s eighth feature film in his now successful career.

Since then, the global star and household name has starred in a string of hits including the Mission: Impossible franchise, War Of The Worlds, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire and Days Of Thunder.

The new film features Miles Teller as Goose’s son ‘Rooster’, who follows the Goose path under the tutelage of Cruise’s Maverick.

Also in the cast are Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis with Ed Harris.

The sequel is directed by Joseph Kosinski from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie.

The sequel was supposed to come out years ago, but original director Tony Scott, who was set to helm the new installment, killed himself in 2012.

filming then started on May 31, 2018 in San Diego, California, but the release date was pushed back due to the Covid pandemic.

Its initial release date was July 2019, then it was pushed back to summer 2020. Then, the lockdown required its delay.

Cozy Co-Stars: In Top Gun: Maverick, Tom's character is now a flight instructor training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission.  He acts alongside Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly in the film

Cozy Co-Stars: In Top Gun: Maverick, Tom’s character is now a flight instructor training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission. He acts alongside Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly in the film

As 2020 wore on, even a winter release seemed unfeasible for various reasons, including time slot changes for other movies.

Consequently, the film was moved to July 2021 only to now be changed again as it was set to collide with the release of other blockbusters..

While audiences will have to wait a few more weeks to finally see the film, it was reported last month that Prince William and Kate Middleton got a VIP preview of the new film.

Incredible: Top Gun was Tom's eighth feature film in his now successful career.  The film became a huge success, grossing more than $356 million, on a budget of just $15 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Incredible: Top Gun was Tom’s eighth feature film in his now successful career. The film became a huge success, grossing more than $356 million, on a budget of just $15 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Need for speed: The film, directed by Tony Scott, was produced by Jerry and Don Simpson (Tom appears in a promotional image from 1986 with Kelly McGillis)

Need for speed: The film, directed by Tony Scott, was produced by Jerry and Don Simpson (Tom appears in a promotional image from 1986 with Kelly McGillis)

Tom treated the couple to a private premiere of the highly anticipated sequel, after learning that the Prince, 39, is a huge fan of the original 1986 film.

The Sun reports that Tom arranged a screening of Top Gun: Maverick for the couple, along with some family and friends at a London cinema, ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

The select group also included Sophie Wessex, 57, and Princesses Eugenie, 32, and Beatrice, 33, and some of the couple’s close friends.

Top Gun: Maverick will be released in UK theaters on May 25 and in US theaters on May 27.

One to watch: Top Gun: Maverick will be released in UK theaters on May 25 and in US theaters on May 27.

One to watch: Top Gun: Maverick will be released in UK theaters on May 25 and in US theaters on May 27.

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