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Tom Cruise arrives at Cannes Film Festival ahead of special tribute

Tom Cruise has taken to the red carpet at the Cannes film festival for the first time in 30 years (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Tom Cruise has taken to the red carpet at the Cannes film festival for the first time in 30 years (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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 will pay the Hollywood star an “exceptional tribute” for his lifetime achievements during Wednesday’s events.

The Top Gun star, 59, will also join journalist Didier Allouch for an onstage conversation before an evening screening of the highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick.

The Hollywood A-lister’s only previous appearance at the annual French film festival was in 1992.

75th Cannes Film Festival
Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly star alongside Tom Cruise in the new Top Gun sequel (Doug Peters/AP)

Cruise attended a screening of Ron Howard’s Far And Away, the closing film of the 1992 festival, and awarded the prestigious Palme d’or to director Bille August for his film The Best Intentions.

The Top Gun sequel directed by Joseph Kosinski is due in cinemas on May 27, 36 years after the original came out in 1986.

Cruise will reprise his role as US 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 due for release in July 2019 but was repeatedly pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cruise is being recognised 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 action blockbuster series Mission: Impossible.

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