'Top Gun' Tom Cruise to receive special award

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2 Apr 2022, 15:00

Tom Cruise will receive a special tribute at the upcoming 75th Cannes film festival.

Ahead of the release of the much delayed release of Top Gun: Maverick on May 27th, the actor will join journalist Didier Allouch onstage on May 18th onstage for a conversation before a screening of said film.

Organisers said, '‘The festival will pay a special tribute to Tom Cruise for his career.'

Scientologist Tom, 59, has only attended the world-renowned festival once, in 1992 to attend a screening of director Ron Howard’s Far and Away in which he starred with then wife Nicole Kidman.

30 years later, the annual festival will pay him an ‘exceptional tribute’ for his lifetime achievements.

The delay of the Top Gun sequel, which also stars Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman and Ed Harris, was - alongside a string of other movies put on the shelf - the result of the global pandemic, with the release given multiple release dates.

Top Gun 2 was initially set to be released in 2019, but was moved to June 26th, 2020. Then it was December 23rd, 2020, then July 2nd, 2021, then November 19th, 2021.

Many high profile new movies are set to debut at Cannes, which runs from May 17th to the 28th. These are believed to include Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic and Toy Story spin-off Lightyear.