The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had the chance to watch the long-delayed and much-anticipated Top Gun: Maverick film, which was pushed back multiple times due to the coronavirus pandemic. The couple, alongside another three royals and some “trusted friends”, were called to a London cinema for the occasion by the Hollywood actor, who, according to insiders, personally greeted the group.
The source said: “It’s a very unlikely movie premiere, but Tom made the offer after learning William is a fan. They happily accepted. Let’s face it, guests don’t get much more A-list!
“The rest of the cinema was shut to ensure privacy and William, Kate and a few other members of the Royal Family — plus a couple of very trusted friends — were the first to see it.
“Tom welcomed them and said he hoped they’d enjoy watching it as much as he’d enjoyed making it, and left them to it.”
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The follow-up to the 1980s hit, from Paramount and Skydance, symbolises the struggles brought to the industry by the health crisis.
Its release was initially planned for July 2019 but was first moved to June 2020 to “allow the production to work out all the complex flight sequences”. Then, forced by Covid, it got pushed to December 2020, July 2021, November 2021, and finally to its current release at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
It features a young Mr Cruise as rule-breaking student Mitchell (aka Maverick) in the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School alongside a more mature Nick Goose Bradshaw, played by Anthony Edwards.
The new film sees Miles Teller as Goose’s son Rooster, who is following in Goose’s footsteps under the teachings of Maverick.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski with a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie, it is thought Prince William is a fan of the sequel.