Tom Cruise's Long-Delayed 'Top Gun: Maverick' to Screen at 2022 Cannes Film Festival: Reports

Top Gun: Maverick will take flight at the Cannes Film Festival then hit theaters nationwide on May 27

Things We're Looking Forward to in 2022 - TOP GUN: MAVERICK
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick (2022). Photo: Scott Garfield/Paramount

After several postponements due to the pandemic, Tom Cruise's Top Gun sequel is about to see the light of day.

Top Gun: Maverick, which also stars Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Ed Harris and Manny Jacinto, will screen at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. The official lineup for the festival, which will be held May 17 through May 28, will be revealed in April.

The movie will then open in theaters May 27, in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Cruise, 59, reprises his role as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell after first playing him in the 1986 original Top Gun. The new movie was originally set to release in June 2020, though its release date was delayed several times do to the COVID pandemic.

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Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer told PEOPLE last year that Cruise originally turned down the role of Maverick until Bruckheimer offered him the opportunity to fly a jet with the Blue Angels, a U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron.

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"I think the proudest thing I am is that we convinced him to do this movie Top Gun back in '84 or '85," Bruckheimer said. "I was really fortunate to get in on the ground floor of Tom's career and be part of something that became an iconic movie because of him and because of his longevity and his great arc as an actor. And whatever he touches is something that you know is going to be really good because he cares so much and works so hard."

Another Cruise franchise has recently experience several delays brought on by the pandemic. Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 were both postponed, Variety reported in January, now slated for July 14, 2023, and June 28, 2024.

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