Jennifer Connelly in talks to appear in ‘Top Gun 2’

Filming started on the long awaited sequel back in May

Jennifer Connelly is in talks to appear in the forthcoming Top Gun 2 movie.

The A Beautiful Mind actress is expected to play the movie’s female lead, a single mother who runs a local bar near the Navy base, according to Deadline.

Cruise is reprising his role as hot shot Navy pilot Maverick in the sequel to the 1986 movie that is being directed by Joseph Kosinski. Kosinski directed Cruise in the sci-fi thriller Oblivion.

Whiplash actor, Miles Teller was recently cast as the son of Goose, Maverick’s wingman played by Anthony Edwards in the original movie.

The sequel takes place with Maverick becoming a Top Gun flight instructor while Teller joins the flight academy as a pilot. Val Kilmer is also set to reprise his role as Iceman.

Cruise recently shared a tweet confirming that filming had begun on the long awaited sequel.

The star, who is due to appear in the forthcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout, posted a picture of the original film with the famous line: “FEEL THE NEED”, along with a caption saying Day 1, suggesting the first day of shooting has started.

The first film was directed by the late Tony Scott, who died in 2012.

Cruise meanwhile is set to appear in Mission: Impossible – Fallout on July 27. Vanessa Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson and Henry Cavill will also star in the franchise’s sixth movie.