“Top Gun Maverick” World Premiere at RC Cinemas May 26

“Top Gun Maverick” World Premiere at RC Cinemas May 26Ridgecrest Regional Film Commission Kari Crutcher– Ridgecrest, CA, April 27, 2022 -- The highly anticipated release of “Top Gun Maverick” has a local connection that will play a key role in remembering fallen military service members over the Memorial Day weekend.

The film’s special Ridgecrest World Premiere is being held at the Ridgecrest Cinemas on May 26, 2022, with everything you’d expect at a red carpet event starting at 6 pm. This VIP event includes a reception ahead of the screening meet and greet of some of the individuals participating in the filming and screening behind-the-scenes footage. Proceeds of ticket sales will benefit the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert (HSUMD) Historic USO Building.

Ridgecrest Regional Film Commission is hosting the event and will showcase the locations filmed in and around Ridgecrest. Adding to the occasion, a “Hallway of Heroes” will be placed along the Red Carpet to honor fallen service members who have roots in Ridgecrest.

“We want to recognize the importance of military life in the region and honor those who have served. Memorial Day is a treasured tradition, and we don’t want to forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Kari Crutcher, Ridgecrest Regional Film Commissioner.

The film is a meaningful project for Tom Cruise, an avid enthusiast of aviation, that brings back all the emotion of reuniting with some of the original cast and crew. The film picks up 30 years after the events of the actual “Top Gun,” with Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell now working at the prestigious United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program that he attended in the original film. He is forced to navigate the increasingly complex world of drone warfare as he mentors a new generation of Navy pilots.

“I wasn’t ready to make a sequel until we had a special story worthy of a sequel and until technology evolved so we could delve deeper into the experience of a fighter pilot,” Cruise insisted.

Cruise designed a unique boot camp for the actors, who went through three months of training – underwater evac training, aerial aviation training to build up spatial awareness inside the aircraft, and flights in the back of the F-18 to pull Gs.

“The actors also had to learn how to run the cameras because they have to direct themselves when they’re up in the jet,” said producer Jerry Bruckheimer. From cinematography to lighting to acting while flying, those actors had the experience of a lifetime.

Some say this film is a pinnacle in Cruise’s storied career, highlighting his film achievements at France’s 2022 Festival de Cannes. “Exactly thirty years later, on May 18, 2022, the Festival de Cannes will pay him an exceptional tribute for his lifetime achievements,” says festival head Thierry Frémaux. “On that special day, Tom Cruise will have an on-stage conversation with journalist Didier Allouch in the afternoon and walk up the steps of the Palais des Festivals for the evening screening of Top Gun: Maverick, directed by Joseph Kosinski.”

Tickets to the Ridgecrest premiere of “Top Gun Maverick” were sold out within two days of being offered at the California Welcome Center.

Tom Cruise, “Pete ’Maverick’ Mitchell," piloting the prestigious United States Navy Strike Fighter in a scene of the new movie “Top Gun Maverick.”

Story First Published: 2022-05-13