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Top Gun: Maverick is taking a flight to the Cannes Film Festival.
Paramount and Skydance’s high-profile sequel — starring Tom Cruise, one of the world’s biggest stars — will screen at Cannes in advance of its Memorial Day premiere in theaters, according to sources close to the festival.
Top Gun 2 will open in North America on May 27, after beginning its international rollout earlier that week. Paramount declined to comment, but buzz has been growing about the movie making an appearance on the Croisette.
This year, the iconic festival runs May 17-28.
Cannes has long been a platform to launch a big Memorial Day tentpole (most play out of competition.) The fest gives Hollywood studios access to press from around the world, not to mention the benefit of high-profile stars walking the famous red carpet for photos.
This would mark the first time in 30 years a Cruise film has screened at Cannes, with the Ron Howard-directed Far and Away bowing at the fest in 1992. Cruise is considered one of Hollywood’s most relentless promoters, and never shies away from publicity. Cannes would be an obvious place for the actor to show off his new film. And Cruise’s appearance would benefit the two-week fest as it emerges from the pandemic.
Cannes, however, would not serve as Top Gun: Maverick’s world premiere. That event has long been planned for San Diego, where the first film was set.
Cruise’s Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski directs Maverick, which also stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Danny Ramirez, Monica Barbaro, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer, returning as Iceman. The original Top Gun, directed by the late Tony Scott and released in 1986, helped turn Cruise into a household name around the world.
The Top Gun sequel has faced a long road to the screen and was delayed multiple times due to covid pressures on the theatrical business. Maverick launched its first trailer at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, with Cruise surprising the crowd in person. More recently, the first 13 minutes of Maverick screened at CinemaCon in August 2021.
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