Cannes 2022 runs from May 17 to 28 and this year will include a special tribute to Hollywood veteran Tom Cruise, and his movie ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ will be screened at the 75th edition of the French film festival. 

The 59-year-old will participate in an on-stage conversation with Didier Allouch, the Canal+ journalist, ahead of the ‘Top Gun‘ sequel special screening.  

Festival organizers said, “Tom Cruise will be in attendance in Cannes on May 18, 2022, for the screening of Top Gun: Maverick, scheduled for release on May 25 in France and May 27 in the U.S.” adding Cruise would “walk up the steps of the Palais des Festivals for the evening screening”. 

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Cruise had only been present at the Cannes 30 years back, in 1992. Now, he is being honoured for a lifetime of achievements. 

The actor who reprises his role as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the new ‘Top Gun’ film was at the 45th edition of the festival for Ron Howard’s ‘Far And Away’. He had awarded the Palme d’Or to director Bille August for ‘The Best Intentions’. 

Screening ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is a major moment at the Cannes, which saw proceedings disrupted for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, and returns amid a world of turmoil, against a backdrop of climate and humanitarian crises as well as armed conflict, as the organizers have acknowledged. 

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The ‘Top Gun’ sequel was also disrupted due to the pandemic, as release dates were pushed back multiple times. The hotly anticipated movie about a daredevil US Navy pilot battling enemies and the ghost of his father’s past up in the air was initially slated to release on July 12, 2019. 

However, it was pushed back to June 26, 2020, and then set for a faraway release on December 23, 2022. It was moved up to July 2, 2021, then November 19, 2021, and will finally arrive on screens this May 27.