The actress, who played Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell's love interest Penelope Benjamin in the long-awaited sequel believes her co-star "absolutely deserves" a nomination for both his emotional work and his jaw-dropping flying stunts. The film premiered at CinemaCon in April 2022 and was released in May 2022 by Paramount Pictures in the United States. The film grossed over $1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing film of 2022 and the highest-grossing film of Tom's career. Connelly told Variety, "He's extraordinary. He does an amazing job in the movie”.