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Jon Hamm gave us all just a bit more information about the highly anticipated “Top Gun” sequel and promised “it’s everything you hope it’s going to be.”

“I loved it,” the 49-year-old actor shared during his appearance on the “Today Show” Wednesday after revealing that he got to see a cut of “Top Gun: Maverick” last week.

  The movie, starring Tom Cruise, was delayed until next year due to the pandemic. (RELATED: Trailer For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ With Tom Cruise Gets Released)

It starts at the 2:37 minute mark.


.@hodakotb catches up with Jon Hamm about his virtual hangouts benefiting theater companies in his hometown of St. Louis, and what it was like making the #TopGun sequel.

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 16, 2020

“It’s everything you hope it’s going to be,” he added. It’s everything I hoped it is going to be, and Tom is obviously is perfect in it and amazing.” (RELATED: ‘Star Wars’ Movies And ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Pushed Back Because Of Coronavirus)

Hamm continued, “The movie has the exactly the right mix of nostalgia for the first one, and but then the continuation of the story and the characters. You know, you don’t expect anything else from Tom Cruise in this point in his life.”

The comments come following reports earlier this year that the sequel to the hit 80s movie “Top Gun” would not be hitting theaters this summer, as originally planned, due to the coronavirus. The new release date is set for July 1, 2021.

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'The Lion King' sequel to be helmed by 'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins

A still from Disney's "The Lion King" featuring Nala (Beyonce Knowles) and Simba (Donald Glover).Disney

Disney has tapped Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins to direct a sequel to "The Lion King."

The studio has spent millions remaking classic Disney animated features as live-action films. For the most part, these adaptations have had massive blockbuster success. "The Lion King" remake garnered more than $1.5 billion in sales at the global box office in 2019.

It is unclear if Disney will be utilizing the 1998 animated sequel "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" as the basis for the new film. Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the screenplay for the 2019 movie, will also return.

Deadline was the first to report the news.

While "The Lion King" had box office success, the film was highly criticized by reviewers and audiences. The visuals were praised, but many found the realistic talking and singing lions disconcerting.

"The Lion King" strayed too far into the "uncanny valley" for some critics. Uncanny valley is when human or animal objects appear almost, but not exactly like real humans or animals and elicit uncanny, or strangely familiar, feelings of eeriness and revulsion in viewers.

The film was a beat-for-beat recreation of the 1994 animated film on which it was based, but didn't quite capture the same affection. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 52% rating.

The 2019 film featured a cast that at included Beyonce (Nala), Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Billy Eichner (Timon), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and John Oliver (Zazu). It is unclear who is set to return for the sequel.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of CNBC and owns Rotten Tomatoes.

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