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Tom Cruise-starrer ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ will screen at the Cannes Film Festival ahead of its premiere in US theatres, according to sources close to the festival.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the much-anticipated Paramount and Skydance sequel will open in the UAE on May 26.

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Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun: Maverick' Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Cannes, which will run from May 17-28 this year, has long been a platform to launch a big Memorial Day tentpole. It provides Hollywood studios access to press from around the world, not to mention the benefit of high-profile stars walking the famous red carpet for photos.

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Tom Cruise at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con Image Credit: AFP

Since the Ron Howard-directed ‘Far and Away’ bowed at Cannes in 1992, this would be the first time in 30 years a Cruise film has screened at the festival. However, it would not serve as the world premiere for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, as that has been planned to be held in San Diego, where the first film was set.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, this Joseph Kosinski directed ‘Top Gun’ sequel has had to face a long road to the screen because it was delayed multiple times due to COVID pressures on theatrical business. The film’s first trailer had been released in 2019 at the San Diego Comic-Con.