The initial story came from - where else - the Daily Mail which claimed that production had shut down on the sequel to the '80s cheese-tastic classic in order to allow The Cruiser time to learn how to fly an F/A-18 Super Hornet.

The Super Hornet, for you aviation buffs out there, is a twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft that can hit speeds of up to 1,915 kilometres per hour and costs $66,900,000 to build.

Here's one in action below.

Anyway, EW reports that production has not shut down nor will The Cruiser be piloting the F/A-18 Super Hornet for the movie. In fact, it's entirely illegal for civilians to pilot government equipment - especially fighter jets that come equipped with M61A2 Vulcan nose-mounted rotary cannons.

While Cruise is a licensed pilot, and really did fly a helicopter in the likes of 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout', he won't be feeling the need for speed in a F/A-18 Super Hornet in 'Top Gun: Maverick'.

The movie hits Irish cinemas on June 26th, 2020.