The sequel to the adventures of test pilot Maverick will have a preview on the Croisette, a few days before its long-delayed worldwide release.
The American aerial blockbuster has chased the pearl of French festivals. According to information from the specialist magazine Variety the film Top Gun: Maverick will have its world premiere at the 75e edition of the Cannes Film Festival, just a few days before its theatrical release scheduled for May 25. The presence out of competition of the “blockbuster” will allow its multiple stars – Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer – to walk together the most prestigious red carpet of the Côte d’Azur.
Still unconfirmed by the festival management, the screening of the film on the Croisette will put an end to a spectacular series of delays accumulated by Joseph Kosinski’s film (Tron: Legacy , Oblivion ). A time programmed for 2019, Top Gun: Maverick suffered the double penalty of classic production delays and the calendar blizzard caused from the start of 2020 by the global Covid-19 pandemic. The presentation of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival – from May 17 to 28 – is expected for mid-April.
The film is the sequel to Top Gun by Tony Scott released in 1986 and which offered Tom Cruise one of his first headlining roles. Still anchored in the testosterone universe of American fighter pilots, the story of Top Gun: Maverick picks up thirty years after the events depicted in the original feature film, which has since become a cinematographic object as kitsch as it is cult. Tom Cruise is there again Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, emeritus test pilot and now trainer of a new generation of US Navy aces. The F/A-18 Super Hornets have replaced the F-14 Tomcats of yesteryear, but the promise of speed, aerial action and supersonic aerobatics seems to still be there. It remains to be seen whether the show will really rock the Croisette.