San Diego will go full throttle on Wednesday when the long-awaited sequel to “Top Gun” premieres aboard the famed USS Midway Museum.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ debuts 36 years after the original film spotlighted San Diego Naval Aviators with a ‘need for speed’ competing to become the best in their class at the School of Arms in San Diego. elite fight from Miramar, San Diego.
A red carpet is rolled out on the naval museum transformed into a ship for what should be a star-studded premiere. Many actors – including Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, as well as director Joe Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer – should be present, according to Paramount.
A group of lucky fans secured tickets to the event before they sold out in minutes, but if you weren’t one of them, never fear. Paramount has announced an exclusive partnership with YouTube to livestream the same to approximately 150 YouTube channels.
Stream the red carpet live below starting at 3:30 p.m. PST.
Nearly four years ago, NBC 7 cameras spotted the Top Gun crew filming parts of the movie outside Naval Air Station North Island and there are sure to be other recognizable locations in the film. San Diego, like the original, plays a starring role.
“Going back to where they shot the original – it’s iconic and that’s why we’re premiering here,” said Teller, who plays Rooster in the film. “Honestly, it really is. San Diego – Miramar – it’s like a character in the movie itself, so I couldn’t be happier to be here.”
“Top Gun: Maverick” cast members Miles Teller (Rooster), Monica Barbaro (Phoenix), Jay Ellis (Payback) and director Joe Kosinski were in San Diego ahead of the film’s premiere at the USS Midway Museum and sat down with Audra NBC 7’s Stafford to discuss the city and military community that inspired the film.
“Top Gun, you know, it’s San Diego,” said Kosinski, the film’s director. “The world of Top Gun is the beach and the sunsets and so it was important that, you know, just like Maverick returns to Top Gun in the movie, we wanted to bring the audience back into the world of Top Gun. So San Diego seemed like the perfect place.
San Diego’s military community not only makes appearances in the film, but helped train the actors to withstand the same G-forces as real fighter pilots, as many of the stunts were filmed live and without the use of cameras. ‘infographics.
The hit film was supposed to premiere in 2020, but has been repeatedly delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. But fans of the original “Top Gun” will say it was worth the wait.
The film, of course, follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) as he trains a group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission like no other: one that demands the ultimate sacrifice of those chosen to pilot it. During training, Maverick meets Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Teller), the son of Maverick’s late friend and radar intercept officer, Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”.
Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters on May 27.
NBC 7 reporter Joe Little is looking for Tom Cruise who is rumored to be shooting the Top Gun sequel in Coronado on Monday.