Tom Cruise hit the red carpet last night at the 75th Cannes Film Festival for a screening of his latest film Top Gun: Maverick†
He has reprized his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, 36 years after the original Top Gun was released.
Here’s what we know about the sequel.
What can we expect from the new Top Gun†
Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is back and is still feeling the need for speed. His bosses have him in their line of fire, but he remains the best navy test pilot around and commands respect from his flying colleagues.
There is a seemingly impossible mission to blow up an Iranian uranium enrichment plant and Maverick is dispatched to train up an elite team of graduates for the task.
Expect some breathtaking aerobatic displays which, judging by the critics and not entirely surprisingly, outstrip those of the original.
Geoffrey Macnab, writing in i , said “the aerial photography is every bit as spectacular as you would expect”.
The sequel, he adds, “defies cynicism and confirms Tom Cruise’s status as Hollywood’s ‘mission leader’ when it comes to blockbusters”.
Deadline Hollywood praised the film saying it “tops the original in every way imaginable” adding it is “an example of Hollywood filmmaking at its zenith”.
The original Top Gun was released on May 16, 1986 and went on to become one of the most famous films of the 80s.
In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, deeming it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
Who stars in the Top Gun: Maverick†
The cast includes:
- Tom Cruise as Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell, a test pilot
- Miles Teller as Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw
- Jennifer Connelly as Penelope “Penny” Benjamin
- Val Kilmer as Lieutenant Tom “Iceman” Kazansky
- Jon Hamm as Vice Admiral Beau “Cyclone” Simpson
- Ed Harris Rear Admiral Chester “Hammer” Cain
It was directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and long-time Cruise collaborator, Christopher McQuarrie.
Top Gun: Maverick is dedicated to the director of the original Top GunTony Scott, who died in 2012.
Lady Gaga has co-written Hold My Handthe lead song for the sequel’s soundtrack.
Those who remember the original Top Gun will recall its big hit song was Berlin’s You Take My Breath Away† It won an Oscar for Best Original Song.
when is Top Gun: Maverick released?
It is set for release in UK cinemas on 27 May.