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The Independent UK
The Independent UK
Isobel Lewis

Top Gun: Maverick director explains why two major characters didn’t return for sequel


Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan were deliberately not included in the Top Gunsequel, the film’s director has said.

Tom Cruise is reprising his role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick, a follow up to the 1986 action film.

The long-awaited sequel features a number of references to the first film, such as the return of Val Kilmer as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky and Miles Teller playing the son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw.

However, two actors who didn’t return for the sequel are Kelly McGillis, who plays Maverick’s love interest Charlie Blackwood, and Meg Ryan as Goose’s wife Carole Bradshaw.

Speaking to Insider, Maverick director Joseph Kosinski admitted that he’d never considered bringing either of the women back.

“Those weren’t stories that we were throwing around,” Kosinski said, adding that the film already featured many links to the original.

“I didn’t want every storyline to always be looking backwards,” Kosinski said. “It was important to introduce some new characters.”

Top Gun: Maverick stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman and Ed Harris.

The movie was branded the “best film of the year” when first reactions emerged in April.

Top Gun: Maverick will premiere at Cannes Film Festival on 18 May and is released in UK cinemas on 27 May.

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