According to KoloTV, the actor was spotted in Fallon, Nevada on Friday (August 17) talking with officials at a naval air station.
Naval officers confirmed that Cruise was in the area in preparation for the sequel to the 1986 hit, which was set to be directed by Tony Scott. However, the director passed away on Sunday (August 19).
Cruise is to reprise his role as the hothead pilot Maverick, though it is unclear whether other stars including Val Kilmer will also be making returns.
The Rock of Ages star has several new movies slated for release in the coming months, including the science fiction thriller Oblivion.
His newest film, Jack Reacher, is scheduled for release this winter.
Watch the trailer for Jack Reacher below: