‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Looking To Land At CinemaCon
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Looking To Land At CinemaCon

CinemaCon viewers are in for a treat!

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: The most highly anticipated sequel of arguably the last 36 years, Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, is firing up its jets heading into its Memorial Day opening weekend on May 27.

We hear that exhibition is likely set to see the movie first during Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 28. No word if Cruise will be making an appearance. Theater owners already got a taste of the Joseph Kosinski directed movie back in August when Paramount showed off the pic’s 13 opening minutes, in addition to Cruise’s next big stunt in Mission: Impossible 7, which entails jumping a motorcycle off a cliff and parachuting.

In addition, Deadline understands that the global premiere of Top Gun: Maverick will be in San Diego, CA on May 4 on a retired aircraft carrier. The city is hallowed ground for the movie as much of it was shot around there. In fact, it was at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 when Cruise made a surprise appearance in Hall H to show off the first trailer to Top Gun: Maverick, the star appearing at the tail-end of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator: Dark Fate panel.

All of this precedes the Cannes Official Screening & Tom Cruise Tribute in Cannes, France on May 18, which we previously reported.

Following that, there will be a Royal Film Performance of Top Gun: Maverick in London on Thursday, May 18. The UK premiere of the sequel marks the 72nd Royal Film Performance delivered by the charity in its near 100-year history. The Royal Film Performance is the flagship fundraiser for long-time Paramount non-profit partner, The Film and TV Charity, an organization that supports the tens of thousands of people working behind the scenes in the UK’s world-leading film and television industry.

In the sequel, after more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”.

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it. Top Gun: Maverick also stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis with Ed Harris.

The first Top Gun in 1986 made $180.2M domestic, $357.2M WW and was directed by the late Tony Scott. The soundtrack became one of the most popular ones to date, going 9x platinum in sales and winning the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Take My Breath Away” performed by Berlin. The pic was also nominated for three other Oscars including Sound, Editing, and Sound Effects Editing.

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Tom Cruise Featured on Total Film Magazine, with cover and new stills of Top Gun: Maverick
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Tom Cruise Featured on Total Film Magazine, with cover and new stills of Top Gun: Maverick

The new issue of Total Film will feature Tom Cruise and the cast of Top Gun: Maverick, including new stills. The magazine hits newsstands this Thursday, March 31st, here’s a preview of the cover and subscriber cover, photos and below are tidbits from their website:



Tom Cruise talks Top Gun: Maverick: “It was now or never”

Exclusive: Tom Cruise tells Total Film he wants “to put the audience inside that F/A-18”

Top Gun: Maverick has been a long time coming. Now, though, 36 years after the original flew into cinemas, Maverick returns.

“Originally, I wasn’t interested in doing a sequel,” star and producer Tom Cruise tells Total Film magazine in the new issue, featuring Top Gun on the cover. “All over the whole world, people were asking for it, and asking for it. [Producers Don] Simpson and [Jerry] Bruckheimer – I remember back in ’87, they had an idea. It was the germ of the idea, actually, that ended up with the concept of [Top Gun: Maverick].”

That kernel was the relationship between Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell and Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, the son of Mav’s former Radar Intercept Officer, Nick Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards), better known as Goose. Goose died in the first film during an ejection gone wrong, sending Maverick into a guilt-ridden crisis. But, explains Cruise, “Just through time, the story was never right. I don’t do things just to do it.”

Cruise was also waiting for the technology to reach a certain point to enable him to bring the audience into the cockpit, “to put the audience inside that F/A-18”.

The sequel idea never really went away. “I had lots of discussions for years with Tony, with Jerry, with McQ [Christopher McQuarrie] about it, and when I was doing Oblivion, talking to Joe [Kosinski, director],” continues Cruise. “I just had to wait for that right moment. And I realized it was either going to be now or never. And basically, I liked the concept of the idea. And I was like, ‘Alright…’”

“We certainly played around with it,” says producer Bruckheimer of the decades-long development process. “But we never solved the problem of how to make another film.” Things kicked up a notch when Bruckheimer and Cruise met with Joseph Kosinski in Paris, during the shooting of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. “Joe had an idea for the movie,” explains Bruckheimer matter-of-factly. “And Tom loved the idea. And we loved it. So that’s where it all started.”

Top Gun: Maverick opens in UK cinemas on May 25, and US cinemas on May 27. For much more from Cruise, the new cast, and the filmmaking team of Kosinski, Bruckheimer, and McQuarrie, check out the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves on Thursday 31 March.

The Top Gun: Maverick cast reveal all about “Tom Cruise boot camp”

Miles Teller tells Total Film: “We did flight training for three months before we started filming… We got put through the wringer”

Tom Cruise didn’t become the world’s leading action hero by accident – the actor works hard, and he expects his colleagues to do the same. That’s perhaps never been more true than on Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel 36 years in the making.

Speaking to Total Film magazine in the new issue, featuring Top Gun: Maverick on the cover, Cruise says it was essential to bring together a team with no egos as they needed the “commitment to shoot the actors practically, inside the Boeing F/A-18 Superhornet jets.”

“I developed a whole program for the actors, and how we could get them in the [F/A-18s],” he continues. “It was every step of the way. I had to teach them how to fly. I had to teach them how to handle gs. I had to get them confident in the aeroplane.”

“We were all mini Toms making this movie,” says co-star Miles Teller, who plays Goose’s son, Rooster. “He put us through… I’ll just call it a ‘Tom Cruise boot camp’. We were getting in killer shape. And also for the stunts and stuff that Tom does in movies, it’s usually a very specific type of training. You’re not just going into the gym and lifting some weights. We did flight training for three months before we started filming… We got put through the wringer.”

The sheer amount of time the cast spent in the skies marks a significant shift from Cruise’s experience on the first film. Ahead of shooting the original, he stipulated that he’d be filmed in a Grumman F-14 Tomcat jet. “When I first committed to the first Top Gun, I did it based on the fact that I’d be filmed in the F-14, and I’d get to fly in the F-14,” he says. “I wanted to give the audience that experience of what it’s like being a fighter pilot, and what that world is like, and the culture of it.”

But the actual time up in the air was limited, and the footage of the largely unprepared actors not that useful. “On the first movie, we put all the actors in an F-14, and we couldn’t use a frame of it, except for some stuff on Tom – that was it,” recalls producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “Their eyes were rolling back into their heads. They were throwing up. So Tom remembered that, and since he’s an avid pilot, he said, ‘We’ve got to train them to be able to handle the g-forces.'”

For much more from Cruise, Teller, the new cast, and the filmmaking team of Joe Kosinski, Bruckheimer, and Christopher McQuarrie, check out the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves on Thursday 31 March. Top Gun: Maverick opens in UK cinemas on May 25, and US cinemas on May 27.

Tom Cruise returns as Maverick in these exclusive images from the Top Gun sequel

Plus, a new look at Miles Teller as Goose’s son, Rooster

For a sequel to a film built around the need for speed, Top Gun: Maverick has been a long time coming. Recent additional delays caused by the pandemic mean that this sequel is finally touching down 36 years after the original landed.

That’s a long wait for fans who’ve been clamouring for more since Tony Scott’s fighter-pilot drama took their breath away in 1986. But, Maverick, true to his call sign, has never played by the rules.

In the cover story of the new issue of Total Film magazine, Tom Cruise and the cast and filmmakers of Top Gun: Maverick talk in depth about the years in the making sequel. Below, you can check out three exclusive new images from the issue:

The long-anticipated sequel sees Tom Cruise’s titular aviator, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, back in the cockpit once more. When we pick up with Mav in Top Gun: Maverick, he’s still taking to the skies as a test pilot, having avoided the promotions that would chain him to a desk.

A highly specialised mission requires him to train a detachment of graduates from Top Gun (the United States Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, to give it its more formal name). So we’re talking the best of the best *of the best* young Naval Aviators. Of course, among their number is Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Mav’s former Radar Intercept Officer, Nick Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards), better known as Goose. Goose died in the first film during an ejection gone wrong, sending Maverick into a guilt-ridden crisis.

Top Gun: Maverick opens in UK cinemas on May 25, and US cinemas on May 27. For much more from Cruise, Teller, the new cast and the filmmaking team of director Joseph Kosinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, check out the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves on Thursday 31 March.

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Tom Cruise To Be Feted In Career Retrospective At Cannes, Followed By ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Premiere; Full Details
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Tom Cruise To Be Feted In Career Retrospective At Cannes, Followed By ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Premiere; Full Details

The Official Premiere and Tribute to Tom to be shown at Cannes on May 25th.

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has the scoop on what is happening with Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick and the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

It has been rumored for months that Cannes head Thierry Frémaux wanted Cruise and his eagerly anticipated Paramount sequel to be part of the Croisette proceedings this year. Deadline can reveal that the film will premiere May 18 in an Official Selection screening at Cannes. But it’s much more than that. Cruise will be in attendance at the Palais des festivals, and the evening will begin with a special tribute to the actor-producer and his illustrious film career. On the day of his tribute, Cruise will also be in conversation with journalist Didier Allouch, followed by the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.

This tribute comes 30 years to the day after Cruise attended the closing ceremony of the 45th edition of Cannes for Ron Howard’s Far and Away on May 18, 1992. That evening, he presented the Palme d’Or to Billie August’s Best Intentions.

A decade ago, I interviewed Cruise for Playboy Magazine, and was fascinated by the genesis of his tireless international promotion of his films. Cruise told me that when he started landing leads, he would press the studios to send him overseas to as many countries as possible to do press. At the time, studios were focused on domestic returns and they were reluctant to spend the money. Cruise said that his motivation was a simple desire to see the places he had observed in the movies he grew up watching. When he was a kid his family didn’t have the money to travel, and so he spared some time in those later press tours to see the world. His promotional strategy became a playbook for stars who wanted to build themselves into global stars.

Paramount Pictures will release Top Gun: Maverick on May 25 in France and May 27 in the U.S. The Cannes lineup has been scheduled to be announced in full on April 14.

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Top Gun: Maverick expected to screen at Cannes Film Festival
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Top Gun: Maverick expected to screen at Cannes Film Festival

It looks like Top Gun: Maverick may be hitting Cannes Film Festival in May for a screening!

In what has seemed likely for quite some time sources tell Deadline Paramount and Skydance’s Top Gun: Maverick is expected to screen at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Speculation has gone on for several weeks with many believing that even with Tom Cruise’s busy schedule, things could be worked out and the film would likely land at the festival. Sources add the world premiere is still expected to happen in San Diego and that this would come after.

Paramount had no comment.

The Cannes Film Festival has been a launching pad for years for major tentpoles to go along with its usual festival fare and the highly-anticipated sequel has been on the top of everyone’s list to one of a handful of films bowing this summer to make screen at the festival.

Via Deadline.

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New Porsche Commercial promoting Top Gun: Maverick
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New Porsche Commercial promoting Top Gun: Maverick

A new commercial aired during Super Bowl promoting Top Gun: Maverick which is set to hit theaters on May 27th:

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Tom promotes Top Gun: Maverick and talks about the AFC Championship (Video)
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Tom promotes Top Gun: Maverick and talks about the AFC Championship (Video)

Tom talks about the AFC Championship while running the Top Gun: Maverick trailer on the background, watch it below:

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New Top Gun: Maverick Behind the Scenes videos
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New Top Gun: Maverick Behind the Scenes videos

Two new behind the scenes videos from Top Gun: Maverick. Tiny one and a bigger one.

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