‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Finally Screened for Some Lucky Tom Cruise Fans

by Courtney Blackann

The highly anticipated film “Top Gun: Maverick” has truly tested the patience of fans. This is because the sequel to the 1986 classic has continually been pushed back. But some lucky fans got a special screening of the film thanks to Tom Cruise. After catching the actor’s eye, a group of students from Ohio got to view the film early.

The Ohio State marching band performed a halftime show which paid tribute to the original “Top Gun” film. The performance garnered such a fantastic response that the F-14 pilot himself decided to reward the band with a preview of the film.

According to Cinema Blend, Cruise sent a message to the band after their epic performance informing them how much he loved their nod to the 1986 original. Then he proceeded to invite them to a special screening of the latest movie this spring.

Band Gets Surprising Message

In a post on Twitter, band director Christopher Hoch delivered the news to the band, who reacted with awe. They were so excited to also receive some “Top Gun: Maverick” T-shirts as well.

“While we were on break, we got a very interesting message from apparently a fan of ours,” Hoch begins in the video clip. “I wanted to read this to you, I think it’s pretty cool. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this. ‘Dear Band, The “Top Gun” tribute was fantastic, what a phenomenal performance. Thank you so much. I’d love for you all to be my guests for a special screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” this spring. And best of luck to The Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Sincerely, Tom Cruise.”

At this point, the entire band reacts with applause and cheers at the special announcement.

“Top Gun: Maverick” was originally slated to premiere in 2019 before being pushed back several dates. It’ll now be released in May 2022.

“Top Gun: Maverick” Director Convinces Cruise to Reprise Role

The original film made headlines for its authentic and super cool flying scenes. The F-14 jet was a high-tech Navy aircraft at the time the 1986 film was released. The film was one of the highest-grossing movies of its time.

The new film will continue the life story of Maverick as an instructor after 30 years at the Top Gun Academy. In convincing Cruise to come back to the role, director Joseph Kosinski had the following to say.

“I wanted it to be a rite of passage story like the first film. Obviously, Maverick in that film was in his early twenties and now he’s in his fifties. It had to be a different journey, but it was important it was a journey for a man at a different part of his life. We think of Top Gun as an action film, but I think of it as a drama. It has some incredible action scenes in it, but there is a drama at the center of it,” he said.

The director added that the storyline will center on a teacher/student relationship instead of a love story.

“For me, the way into that was through this story of Rooster [the son of Goose], who is played by Miles Teller. That was the thing that felt like the storyline that we would be able to sink our hooks into emotionally and the thing that would get Tom excited about getting into this character again.”