Tom Cruise arrives at Top Gun 2 premiere via helicopter 34 years after original film

Tom Cruise landed at the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in style, jetting to the California event in a helicopter.

Tom, 59, made quite the entrance when he arrived at the San Diego premiere of the highly-anticipated film to greet his co-stars.

After disembarking the French Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil, the Hollywood star waved to a raft of his fans that recorded and cheered as he stepped out of the chopper.

Tom has reprised the character of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell for a hotly-anticipated sequel to the 1896 classic.

The Hollywood star was suitably dressed for the occasion too, dazzling in a suit and black sunglasses before mingling with co-stars Jennifer Connelly, Monica Barbaro and Miles Teller.

The dad-of-three, who famously loves to do all of his own stunts, got his pilot's licence 28 years ago, but someone else was flying the chopper for this special occasion.

The Top Gun sequel has been in the works for several years and is set to be released in the UK on 25 May.


Tom is a producer for the film and answered the burning question of why it had taken so long for fans to see Top Gun back on their screens.

In an Instagram video, Tom said: “I wasn't ready to make a sequel until we had a special story worthy of a sequel.”

“This moment right here, getting to see everyone, no masks. This is pretty epic,” Tom said, speaking to Deadline at the event.

“It was really now or never, it was a moment, we were looking at how to tell this story… I’ve been thinking about it and figuring it out.

“I thought if we’re going to go in, we have to go in now.”

He added: “Of course [Top Gun] is this great summer experience, and what it became to audiences and generations is something I could never have imagined at the time we were making it.

“But it’s a drama at its heart and it has that kind of storytelling that I cut my teeth on, that I love seeing with these characters.

“The movie means a lot to me, a lot to my career, a lot to the studio and a lot to audiences.”

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer added: “The first movie became something that changed a generation, so this is exciting to come back and get in those jets again.”

In an unusual acting challenge, several members of the cast had to perform scenes while flying in a jet.

Director Joseph Kosinski explained: “The actors also had to learn how to run cameras, because when they're up in a jet, they had to direct themselves, essentially.”

The story will be set in the present day and will deal with Tom’s Maverick 30 years later as he attempts to train the newest Top Gun recruits.

Last year, Tom split with his Mission Impossible co-star Hayley Atwell after a year together. He was later branded "unrecognisable" by fans during an appearance at a baseball game.

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