Tom Cruise Movies ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and ‘Mission Impossible 7’ Debut Footage in CinemaCon

Leave it to Tom Cruise to debut clips from, not one, but two of his upcoming action movies while being on the set for a third one. This may sound made up, but this happened at CinemaCon earlier today, Deadline reported.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: Tom Cruise attends the U.S. Premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" at Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on July 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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The first 13 minutes of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ previewed at CinemaCon

While shooting for the eighth edition of his Mission Impossible films, Cruise appeared onscreen at CinemaCon to debut the first 13 minutes of Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to Cruise’s 1986 action drama Top Gun

Paramount Pictures had released an extended trailer with behind-the-scenes footage of the highly anticipated movie, earlier this year to great fanfare. But the 13-minute preview gave the CinemaCon audience a more detailed look into the film. 

The clip begins as Maverick, Tom Cruise’s character, is being informed that the Top Gun program is shutting down. 

Maverick, the rebel that he is, defies the admiral, played by Ed Harris, and decides to fly Mach 10. Even as he achieves this feat, the engine of his aircraft catches fire. Maverick, however, survives. The next scene shows him walking in a diner, “where am I?” he asks.

Along with the footage, Paramount also released a new trailer of the movie. 

What do we know about ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ so far

The upcoming sequel picks up 30 years after the first movie. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell is still the same test pilot, gunning to reach new heights. For a special mission, he is then asked to train some students of Top Gun, the very program that he was a part of.

Miles Teller stars as the son of Maverick’s former friend and Radar Intercept Officer Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, who died in the first film. Confronted with his guilt from the past and facing challenges of the present, the movie traces the journey of Maverick and the other pilots as they face a dangerous mission.

Known for his tenacity to try the impossible, Cruise, reportedly insisted on using real aircraft in the movie instead of CGI, giving an incredibly authentic look and feel to the film. 

Apart from Cruise and Teller, the cast of the movie also includes the likes of Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and Jennifer Connelly. After not making the cut for Teller’s role, actor Glen Powell will be seen as another pilot in the movie. The trailer also teases the return of Val Kilmer as Iceman, Maverick’s rival from the first movie. 

After experiencing delays for almost two years, the movie is now slated to come out on Nov. 19.

But that is not all.

A death-defying stunt from ‘Mission Impossible 7’

The CinemaCon audience got another does of Cruise with Paramount’s presentation of an extremely dangerous stunt from the next Mission Impossible movie. 

The stunt, reportedly, is a motorcycle jump, wherein Cruise speeds off from a cliff on a motorcycle only to leave the bike mid-air and free fall until his parachute opens up. 

The presentation also had clips from behind-the-scenes footage of the stunt. They revealed the intensive training Cruise went through to successfully pull off the stunt. His training included remarkable activities like skydiving, which Cruise did 500 times, jumping hills on a cycle, which he did almost 30 times a day. 

“I had to get so good at this so there’s no way I miss my mark,” Cruise said in the video clip. 

The director of the movie Christopher McQuarrie couldn’t hide his disbelief when he saw Cruise doing the stunt for the first time in the video. 

“The only thing that scares me more is what we’ve got planned for Mission 8,” he said. 

Mission Impossible 8  is currently in production and Mission Impossible 7 is set to release on May 27, 2022.

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