Entertainment Movies Tom Cruise Arrives at World Premiere of 'Top Gun: Maverick' in a Helicopter He Piloted Cruise, 59, is reprising his role of Maverick over 35 years after the original Top Gun hit theaters in 1986 By Dan Heching Dan Heching Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 4, 2022 10:11 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Tom Cruise knows how to arrive in style — and on brand! At the premiere of his new movie Top Gun: Maverick, the film star, 59, landed on the USS Midway in San Diego, California, on Wednesday in a N547SA Airbus helicopter that he himself piloted. Sporting American Optical's pilot sunglasses, Cruise smiled as he exited the aircraft and walked along the tarmac, buttoning up the jacket of his bespoke navy Brioni three-piece suit. The copter in the background was branded with the film's title as well as the actor's name in large letters. Tom Cruise. ROBYN BECK/Getty Tom Cruise Returns to the Skies to Teach Fresh Navy Recruits in New Top Gun: Maverick Trailer In the new film, the Mission: Impossible actor is reprising his role of Maverick over 35 years after the original Top Gun debuted this month in 1986. Top Gun: Maverick was filmed well over two years ago and was one of many major Hollywood titles that became long-delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Maverick was originally set for a June 24, 2020, opening, but was shifted to Dec. 23, 2020, due to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. It later had release dates set for July 2, 2021, and then Nov. 19, 2021. Top Gun: Maverick (2022). Tom Cruise Details 'All-Encompassing Aviation Training' He Put Cast Through for Top Gun: Maverick The film will officially hit theaters on May 27 ahead of Memorial Day Weekend after screening at the Cannes Film Festival in the middle of this month. Top Gun: Maverick welcomes back Val Kilmer as Iceman from the first movie and introduces several characters played by noteworthy actors new to the franchise — Ed Harris, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Manny Jacinto and Jennifer Connelly. Recently, Cruise took time to sing the praises of Lady Gaga, whose new song on the soundtrack "Hold My Hand" he said is "the heartbeat of our film." RELATED VIDEO: Glen Powell on His Big Year With 'Apollo 10 1/2' & 'Top Gun' Sequel: "It's An Exciting Time" Earlier this week, Cruise stopped by The Late Late Show and talked about just how big of an impact the song has on the sequel and how the "incredible" Gaga is "not just on the soundtrack" of the movie, but also "helped compose the score." Cruise explained that Gaga presented her song to him and Hans Zimmer, who also composed the music for the film, after they were struggling with finding the right fit. "It just opened up the whole movie. She's amazing," he told host James Corden. "It just opened those doors to the emotional core of the film that we had ... in that moment, things just came together in such a beautiful way. Her song that she'd written just fell right in and became, really, the underlying score and the heartbeat of our film." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories. Gaga released the sweeping, cinematic ballad on Tuesday, encouraging fans to "have faith in humanity" in an Instagram post about the uplifting track. "I wanted to say that I wrote the song for the INCREDIBLE movie #topgun #topgunmaverick but also for people who feel like they're not gonna be ok or WE ARE never gonna be ok and that life taught me through hard times to have faith in humanity when it's hard to have faith in yourself," Gaga wrote alongside a selfie. "When you feel lonely, sad, removed from the world, far away from yourself and others #holdmyhand One day you may even be strong enough to hold your own 🤝," continued the caption. "I love you with my whole heart for all the years I've been blessed to sing, write songs, produce and perform for you. Thank you 🙏 here we go!!! 🖤✈️."