director of Top Gun: Maverick, Joseph Kosinski talked about why he left out the muses of the 80s, Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan, from the new feature. The two acted in Top Gun – Indomitable Aces1986 success.
To Insider, Joseph explained why the two weren’t included in the production’s plot: “Those weren’t stories we were talking about. I didn’t want the whole story to always be looking back,” he said.
“It was important to introduce some new characters,” he admitted. In the 1980s, Charlie (Kelly) played a flight instructor with a romantic interest in Maverick (Tom Cruise), while Carole was Goose’s wife. In the new production, Pete’s romantic interest was played by Jennifer Connelly.
In an interview in 2019, Kelly commented on not participating in the film’s sequel: “I’m old, fat and I look my age. And that’s not what this whole scene is about. For myself, I prefer to feel totally in my skin and who I am at my age instead of valuing all these other things,” she lamented, now 64.
In Top Gun, Pete Mitchell appears after more than thirty years serving as one of the Navy’s top aviators. The test pilot tries to avoid advancing the rank, which would keep him away from the aircraft. Alongside Cruise, they also work Val Kilmer and Miles Teller.