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'Top Gun: Maverick' premiere overtakes the USS Midway in San Diego

Stars Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Miles Teller and others were in San Diego to promote the movie that will be released to the public May 27.

SAN DIEGO — Do you have the need...the need for speed? The Top Gun: Maverick global launched in San Diego from the deck of the USS Midway on Wednesday afternoon. 

Wednesday’s event aboard the USS Midway featured many of the stars from the film as well as more than 500 fans of the movie that were able to be just feet away from the stars of the film.

WATCH: Replay of the Premiere from the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego:

Fans have been waiting more than three years since the original trailer debuted and more than 35 years since the first Top Gun movie came out in 1986. Several locations throughout San Diego County were used in the 1986 film and even more were used in Top Gun: Maverick. One of the prominent areas in the first movie was Kansas City BBQ. 

WATCH: CBS 8 sat down with the co-owner of Kansas City BBQ to talk about what the original 1986 movie did for their business:

According to Paramount Pictures, the actors in the film went through intense training inside real jets to prepare for the movie. 

Shooting for the movie began in 2018 with the original release date for 2019. The release date was pushed back due to what happened to movie theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie will be available for the general public to see in theaters on May 27.

WATCH: Meet the Aerial Coordinator & Stunt Pilot from 'Top Gun: Maverick'

WATCH: The world premiere launch of the original Top Gun movie took place in San Diego back in 1985:

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