Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick to premiere at Cannes Film Festival

Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Top Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise, will premiere at the 75th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. It will be shown during a gala on the evening of May 18. The festival begins on May 17 and runs until May 28. The line-up will be announced in Paris on April 14. (Also read: Tom Cruise talks about his leaked Covid rant about Mission: Impossible 7-set, saying “there was a lot at stake at the time”)

Top Gun: Maverick is the long-delayed sequel to the 1986 action film, Top Gun. The star will attend Cannes on May 18 for the screening. The film will be shown in cinemas in France on May 25 and in the United States on May 27. The festival will also honor Tom in a special tribute.

Tom had only been to Cannes once before – on May 18, 1992 for Ron Howard’s Far and Away, which ended the festival that year. He had also handed out the Palme d’Or that evening to director Bille August for his film The Best Intentions.

Top Gun: Maverick would have opened much earlier, but its release had to be postponed several times due to the Covid pandemic.

The question now is whether Cannes will earn back its prominent position as the queen of festivals. For the past two years, Venice had taken the spotlight by hosting Oscar favorites such as Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog.

In addition to Top Gun: Maverick, Cannes is expected to include Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biography with a cast that includes Austin Butler (as the King), Tom Hanks and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog).

Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge foreshadowed the 2001 festival and The Great Gatsby in 2013. Other possible ones this year in Cannes include David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future, Florian Zeller’s The Son and Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City. They will probably play in the top competition.

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