Tom Cruise has arrived at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in 30 years where a special tribute will be paid to his career.
The world-renowned festival announced it would pay the Hollywood star an “outstanding lifetime achievement tribute” at Wednesday’s events.
The Top Gun star, 59, will also join journalist Didier Allouch for a chat on stage ahead of an evening screening of the highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick.
Hollywood A-Lister’s only appearance at the annual French Film Festival was in 1992.
Cruise attended a screening of Ron Howard’s Far And Away, the 1992 festival’s closing film, and awarded the prestigious Palme d’Or to director Bille August for his film The Best Intentions.
The Joseph Kosinski-directed Top Gun sequel is set to hit theaters on May 27, 36 years after the original was released in 1986.
It is @TomCruise Day!🤩 30 years after his last visit, the actor is at #Cannes2022 for the screening of Joseph Kosinski #TopGun: Maverick! An opportunity to pay tribute to an exceptional career and a conversation at 4 p.m. with Didier Allouch! @TopGunMovie @CanalDidier pic.twitter.com/ZoQAOTqyo3
— Cannes Film Festival (@Festival_Cannes) May 18, 2022
Cruise will reprise his role as U.S. Naval Aviator Pete Mitchell, with Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman and Ed Harris also in the cast.
The film was originally supposed to be released in July 2019, but has been pushed back several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cruise is recognized for his work in Top Gun as well as his roles in a host of classic films including Rain Man, Vanilla Sky, Jerry Maguire, The Last Samurai and his hit series Mission: Impossible.