NAPLES, Italy — Fresh off the success of last summer’s blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick,” Tom Cruise appears to be working with the Navy again for an upcoming flick.
The actor was in Italy late last month filming scenes for “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two” on a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Adriatic Sea, USNI News reported Monday.
The USS George H.W. Bush has been on duty in the Mediterranean Sea since relieving USS Harry S. Truman in August. USNI News said the Bush was in the Adriatic but did not identify it as the carrier involved.
Neither Naval Air Forces nor “Mission Impossible” series producer Paramount Pictures said Wednesday whether filming had taken place on the Bush and what Navy assets may have been used.
But Cruise reportedly was filming flight scenes last week after arriving in Bari, along Italy’s southeastern coast, the entertainment magazine Variety reported March 2, citing an Apulia Film Commission spokesman. Apulia, also known as Puglia, is in southern Italy.
On Feb. 26, Cruise was taken by private helicopter to the carrier, which at the time was near the coast, according to Variety.
It wasn’t clear how long Cruise and others associated with the movie were on the carrier, but the film commission spokesman indicated that filming would be over by the end of last week, Variety said.
For “Top Gun: Maverick,” the Navy allowed the production to use planes, including F/A-18 Super Hornets, aircraft carriers and military bases, in filming.
Paramount paid as much as $11,374 per hour to use the fighter jets, which were flown by Navy pilots, according to a May 26, 2022, Bloomberg News report.
“Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two” is the eighth film in the series and is expected to be released in 2024, Variety said.
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group arrived in the Mediterranean on Aug. 25. It was sent to the eastern Mediterranean in early February to help with recovery efforts in the aftermath of deadly earthquakes in Turkey.