Mad Men's Jon Hamm set to star in Top Gun sequel, says he's never seen so much fan fervour over a project

Jon Hamm says he's looking forward to starring in the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

"It's very exciting," says the former Mad Men actor.

Hamm, who is set to star alongside Tom Cruise, Ed Harris and Lewis Pullman in the sequel to the 1986 classic, says anticipation over the new movie is more than he's experienced before.

"The excitement level of people about when you say Top Gun Two, they're just like, 'Oh my god, they are making that?' And, across the board. It's not just like kids who were my age when it came out, 14-year-old boys who for that was the coolest movie in the world. It's kind of everybody. Everybody is like, 'Oh yeah, I want to see that'."

Oblivion helmer Joe Kosinski is directing the film from a script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first film with the late Don Simpson, will produce with Cruise and Skydance CEO David Ellison.

This latest project will be set in a world of drone technology and will explore the end of the era of dogfighting, with Cruise portraying a flight instructor.

Hamm was talking at the Amazon Prime Video launch in London yesterday, where he was promoting his role as the Archangel Gabriel in the 2019 apocalypse comedy Good Omens.

Top Gun: Maverick is expected to hit theatres 34 years after the original became a hit. Source: Associated Press