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Why Top Gun: Maverick was missing Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan

Top Gun 2 spoilers follow. Top Gun: Maverick has finally debuted to rip-roaring success. Set 30 years after the first film, Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell is back at Top Gun to whip a new bunch of young pilots into shape for a seemingly impossible mission. (See what we did there?) One...
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Why Are Meg Ryan and Kelly McGillis Not In ‘Top Gun: Maverick’?

The Top Gun: Maverick director has explained why certain characters were no longer included in the new movie as opposed to the first movie. Director Joseph Kosinski stated that it was an intentional act to leave out the characters of Meg Ryan and Kelly McGillis who were part of the first movie making them the only two characters who took part in the first but were not included in the sequel.
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'Top Gun: Maverick' Director Explains Why Meg Ryan and Kelly McGillis Aren't in the Sequel

Top Gun: Maverick is a high-flying sequel that fans and newcomers alike can enjoy for its powerful performances and incredible aviation set pieces. However, fans of the original might be slightly disappointed to find out that the new film -- which catches back up with Tom Cruise as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell and features a special return from Val Kilmer as now-Admiral Tom "Iceman" Kazansky -- doesn't feature any appearances from the female stars of the 1986 original: Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan.
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What Happened to Meg Ryan? The Actress Admittedly Felt “Isolated” During Her Fame

From the late 1980s to the late 1990s, Meg Ryan was one of the entertainment industry’s “it girls.” The Fairfield, Conn. native stood out for her striking blue eyes and big smile, as well as her passion and talent for acting. After landing a role in the soap opera As the World Turns, Meg went on to star in some of the most famous romantic comedies of all time, including When Harry Met Sally, Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail.
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'Maverick' director explains why Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan were not asked to be in the sequel

(CNN) — "Top Gun: Maverick" director Joseph Kosinski is sharing why original female cast members from "Top Gun" were not invited to participate in the film's sequel. In an interview with "Insider," Kosinski said he did not consider bringing back Kelly McGillis, who played the love interest of Tom Cruise's character, "Maverick" Mitchell, and Meg Ryan, who played the wife of Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards).
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