LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell himself posted a new photo of him in his old uniform with his iconic catchphrase plastered over the image: "Feel the need."
Cruise captioned the image "#Day1" to mark the first day of filming.
The sequel to the '80s action classic is titled Top Gun: Maverick, and it will reportedly involve fighter pilots contending with the rise of drone warfare.
Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is directing, and Jerry Bruckheimer is back in a producing capacity.
Top Gun: Maverick is slated for release on July 12, 2019.