Tom Cruise to hit the Cannes Croisette in Top Gun: Maverick on 25 May Photo: Paramount Pictures
The festival bow coincides with the roll-out of one of the year’s most anticipated titles in cinemas all over the world. Cruise has made only one appearance at the festival previously, in 1992, for Ron Howard’s Far And Away, the closing film of the 45th festival. That evening, he awarded the Palme d'or to director Bille August for his film The Best Intentions.
Exactly 30 years later, on 18 May, the Festival will pay him an exceptional tribute for his lifetime achievements. Cruise will have an on-stage conversation with journalist Didier Allouch in the afternoon and will walk up the steps of the Palais des Festivals for the evening screening of Top Gun: Maverick, directed by Joseph Kosinski.
Tom Cruise reprises the role that helped launch his career Photo: Paramount Pictures
The original Top Gun revealed a young Tom Cruise as a reckless pupil Mitchell in the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School alongside the more mature Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw. It launched Tom Cruise to stardom and is often considered a staple of American action cinema in the 80s. It was the highest-grossing film of 1986, earning $176million at the box office.
The new film is due for a French and UK release on Wednesday 25 May 25, and a US release two days later on Friday 27 May, also features Top Gun: Maverick also features Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis, and a returning Ed Harris.
The Cannes organisers will reveal more details of the full programme at a Press media event in Paris on 14 April.