‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Director Didn’t Want Meg Ryan and Kelly McGillis to Return for Sequence

Director Joseph Kosinski explained in an interview that he “didn’t want every story to look back.”


One of the most anticipated films of the summer of 2022, “Top Gun: Maverick” is already thought to break the summer box office records of both 2022 and all time according to some critics. The sequel, which made its world premiere in San Diego last week and will meet with the audience after its premiere in Cannes, has some shortcomings that stand out at first glance. The female leads in the 1986 first movie “Top Gun” are not included in the sequel.

In an interview with Insider, the film’s director, Joseph Kosinski, defended his decision to leave out some key characters from the first film, saying, “I didn’t want every story to always look back. It was important to introduce new characters.”

“Top Gun: Maverick” follows the character of Tom Cruise’s iconic naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and unleashes a platoon of TOPGUN alumni, including Lieutenant Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), alias Rooster, son of his late friend Goose. describes his training for a task.

As the new character Rooster is the emotional turning point for “Maverick,” the story naturally features the character Carole, played by Meg Ryan in the first movie, who is Goose’s wife and Rooster’s mother. But neither Ryan nor Kelly McGillis, who played Maverick’s girlfriend in the first movie, are starring in the movie.

McGillis told Entertainment Tonight in 2019 that she wasn’t approached for the role because of her looks: “I’m old, I’m fat, and I look age-appropriate. And that’s not what the whole scene is about.”

Instead, “Maverick” introduces Penny Benjamin, played by Jennifer Connelly, into the story. The character of Penny was referred to only as “The Admiral’s Daughter” in the first movie. “Penny Benjamin, a character we’ve heard of but never seen before, was a great opportunity to include Jennifer Connelly in this film. For the sequel, Penny is a single mom who owns a bar near the flight school where Maverick teaches.” made.

Original star Val Kilmer reprises his role as “Iceman” Kazansky, but “Top Gun: Maverick” also includes new faces Glen Powell, Jay Ellis and Monica Barbaro. Offscreen, Lady Gaga joins the “Top Gun” universe with her new song “Hold My Hand”. Oscar winner Hans Zimmer also contributed to the soundtrack.

“Top Gun: Maverick” hits theaters May 27!

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