Tom Cruise heads to the Cannes Film Festival in May for the long-delayed world premiere of the “Top Gun” sequel, organizers said Thursday.
“Top Gun: Maverick” will be shown out of competition on May 18, festival director Thierry Fremaux told a news conference in Paris.
The film was originally supposed to be released in 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic has repeatedly pushed it back.
Picks up the story of Maverick and his fighter pilot friends 30 years after the events of the original 1986 blockbuster.
Val Kilmer is set to reprise his role as Iceman, even though his career was cut short by throat cancer that destroyed his voice.
Cruise hasn’t been to Cannes for three decades since “Far and Away” was shown at the closing night of the 1992 edition.
Fremaux said the festival will pay a “special tribute” to Cruise and “the absolutely unique and singular mark he is leaving on the history of cinema.”
The festival takes place from May 17 to 28 and the official selection will be announced on April 14. (AFP)