‘Top Gun: Maverick’ director confirms Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan weren’t asked to return

Top Gun: Maverick, the upcoming 36-years-later sequel to the Tom Cruise-starring fighter pilot favorite, is steeped in ’80s nostalgia: It opens to jock jammy sounds of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” has prominent callbacks to moments like the legendarily sweaty beach volleyball scene, and of course features Cruise’s Navy captain in the title role, in addition to a cameo from “Iceman” himself Val Kilmer, who’s battled throat cancer in recent years. One major subplot even revolves around the son of fallen soldier Goose (Anthony Edwards) and Carole (Meg Ryan), as played by Miles Teller. You will not, however, find Maverick’s original instructor and love interest, Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood, memorably portrayed by Kelly McGillis in 1986’s Top Gun. Nor will you see Ryan’s Carole, beyond some photos pinned to a wall.

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