They spent the evening rubbing shoulders with royals on the red carpet for the Top Gun: Maverick premiere. Yet the festivities weren’t over for the likes of Nina Dobrev and Tom Cruise as they led the celebrities heading to the premiere afterparty at Kettner’s restaurant in Soho on Thursday. 

Mobbed by fans as they made their way into the eatery, the duo seemed in good spirits as they stopped to snap selfies and chat with onlookers. Nina looked sensational for the event as she donned a cream satin gown with sexy cut-out detailing on the bodice. Adding to the glamour, The Vampire Diaries star, 33, opted for a bold red lip and wore glittering silver hoops. Meanwhile, Tom, 59, who has been on a gruelling promotional tour for his new movie, looked more upbeat than ever as he beamed broadly on the outing.  

His co-star Jennifer Connelly, 51, who plays Penny Benjamin, was simply flawless in a floaty cream number with a black floral pattern throughout and bell sleeves. The actress donned a wait-cinching black belt and added a touch of bling to her stylish look with silver rings.She was seen chatting away to Coronation Street star Charlie Condou, who is close friends with her husband Paul Bettany. 

Earlier in the evening, the group had hit the red carpet in Leicester Square where they were joined by some very important guests. 

Top Gun fans Kate Middleton and Prince William were in attendance, with the Duchess of Cambridge channelling her inner Hollywood A-lister for the night.

Kate, 40, looked radiant in an off-the-shoulder Roland Mouret column gown, £2,300 Alexander McQueen clutch and £10,500 Robinson Pelham diamond star earrings as she made her glamorous entrance on the red carpet. Meanwhile William, 39, demonstrated his sartorial flair in a midnight blue Alexander McQueen velvet dinner jacket, tuxedo trousers and velvet slippers embroidered with miniature fighter jets in a nod to the film.

Tom ET Online that it was ‘very special’ to have the Royals at the London premiere, while detailing his lifelong love of film. The actor went on to say that he has been in ‘pursuit of adventure’ for his ‘whole life’ and has been ‘constantly pushing myself’ over the years, with the star adding that he didn’t want to ‘disappoint’ the fans who had been waiting 36 years for the sequel.

The sequel to Tony Scott’s classic 1986 blockbuster Top Gun has been unanimously praised in early reviews with one even declaring that it ‘improves upon the original in every conceivable way.’ Tom, who is famous for doing his own stunts, is said to have trained to withstand g-force power and actually flew in real fighter jets for the sequel.

Peter Hoskin for the Daily Mail gave the film five stars, writing: ‘Whenever the film threatens to become too cosy, it shocks itself and us back into the present with another madly ambitious action sequence.’ Tom underwent a full Aviation Survival Training Curriculum before going up in the US Navy F-18, as did his co-stars. They worked up to the supersonic jets by going up in a succession of slower planes first over many months.

Much has been made of Tom’s insistence on real flying scenes, with no CGI work. He has said in numerous interviews that he refused to even talk about a Top Gun sequel unless they flew in real planes. The official synopsis for the movie reads: ‘After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

‘Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.’


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