Top Gun: Maverick has become the last Hollywood film to have its release delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The highly anticipated sequel was due to be released on June 24 – 34 years after the 1986 original.
It will debut in theaters on December 23.
Tom cruise, who returns as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, said fans should wait “a little longer” to see his much-loved naval aviator return to the sky.
The 57-year-old actor said on Twitter, “I know many of you have been waiting 34 years.
“Unfortunately, it will take a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly in December. Stay safe, everyone. “
The film will see Val Kilmer resume his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, while Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman and Charles Parnell will debut.
Filming in Venice for the latest Mission: Impossible 7, which also stars Cruise, was stopped in February for coronavirus fears in northern Italy.
Cruise was not on set when the decision was made to stop filming.
Other important film releases have been postponed to 2021.
Spider-Man’s spin-off, Morbius, the latest installment in the Ghostbusters and Peter Rabbit 2 franchise, will launch in the United States next year rather than in the summer, Sony said.
The new James Bond release No time to die, which was slated to launch in the UK this week, and the blockbusters Disney Mulan and Black Widow have also been delayed.