Meg Ryan Wasn’t Even Considered Worth Bringing Up in Tom Cruise’s Billion-Dollar Epic ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ For One Sad Reason

Fans of Meg Ryan were left disappointed when she wasn’t a part of the Top Gun sequel

Meg Ryan Wasn’t Even Considered Worth Bringing Up in Tom Cruise’s Billion-Dollar Epic ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ For One Sad Reason

SUMMARY

  • Top Gun was Meg Ryan’s first major film role before she went on to become a Hollywood heartthrob.
  • However, she was notably absent from the sequel to the Tom Cruise film, Top Gun: Maverick, which was released in 2022
  • Her absence from the film was due to the director’s decision not to dwell on the past.
Show More
Featured Video

Top Gun was Meg Ryan’s first major film role before she went on to become a Hollywood heartthrob. Her first leading role came in the cult classic When Harry Met Sally… and she remained in high demand throughout the ’90s and early 2000s. However, she was notably absent from the sequel to the Tom Cruise film, Top Gun: Maverick, which was released in 2022. Her absence from the film was due to the director’s decision not to dwell on the past.

Advertisement
Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan

A Top Gun sequel was planned at Paramount as far back as 2010, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, and Tom Cruise set to return. Unfortunately, the project stalled with Scott’s untimely passing in 2012. When production resumed in 2017, Joseph Kosinski was brought in to direct the film.

Also Read: “This is a very unique embarrassment”: The Boys Star Jack Quaid is Still Distressed by Meg Ryan’s ‘Fake Orgasm’ Scene in Movie Rejected by Tom Hanks

Advertisement

Meg Ryan Was Not Even Considered For Tom Cruise’s Epic Sequel

Meg Ryan as Carole Bradshaw in Top Gun
Meg Ryan as Carole Bradshaw in Top Gun

The most notable return from the original movie, apart from Tom Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, was Val Kilmer’s Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. The sequel took a different direction with Cruise’s character training a bunch of new pilots, including his deceased best friend Goose’s son. However, two of the main female characters from the original film, Kelly McGillis’s Charlie Blackwood and Meg Ryan’s Carole Bradshaw, were absent in the sequel.

McGillis played Cruise’s romantic partner and a pilot instructor in Top Gun. However, she was replaced by Jennifer Connelly as the new romantic interest. Meg Ryan played the wife of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, Maverick’s best friend and radar intercept officer. Ryan’s character was killed off-screen in Top Gun: Maverick. Miles Teller’s Rooster Bradshaw in the sequel is the son of Ryan’s character.

Interestingly, both female characters were not even brought up in discussions during the sequel’s development. Joseph Kosinski shared that he wanted to introduce new characters in the sequel rather than revisit the past. He wanted to limit the past with Kilmer and Teller’s character arcs. Kosinski told Insider:

Advertisement

“Those weren’t stories that we were throwing around. I didn’t want every storyline to always be looking backward. It was important to introduce some new characters.”

While this decision might have been disappointing for the actresses, it ultimately worked in favor of the movie. The sequel was widely considered far superior to its predecessor and went on to gross $1.496 billion at the box office.

Also Read: Rom-Com Queen Meg Ryan Doesn’t Regret Hiding From the Limelight as Her 31-Year-Old Son Rises To ‘The Boys’ Fame

Meg Ryan Remained Silent About Her Omission From The Movie

Meg Ryan in her latest movie What Happens Later
Meg Ryan in her latest movie What Happens Later

Meg Ryan was earlier perceived as having retired from Hollywood after her 2009 film, Serious Moonlight. During her hiatus, she appeared in several episodes of the online series Web Therapy. However, she returned to the big screen with the film Ithaca in 2015, taking on an additional role as a director. She also starred in a TV film, Fan Girl, the same year.

Advertisement

Ryan once again removed herself from the spotlight, but she is set to return again in November 2023 with her film What Happens Later. Ryan refrained from commenting on her omission from Top Gun: Maverick. However, her co-star Kelly McGillis opened up about the sequel to Entertainment Tonight:

“They did not [call me], nor do I think they would ever. I’m old, and I’m fat, and I look age-appropriate for what my age is. And that is not what that whole scene is about.”

Jennifer Connelly’s character, Penny Benjamin, had been mentioned in the original movie as the Admiral’s daughter. Joseph Kosinski saw the introduction of her character as an incredible opportunity to explore new storylines. Top Gun: Maverick is now available for streaming on Paramount+.

Also Read: “Screw up people’s brains about love forever”: Meg Ryan’s Classic Rom-Com With Tom Hanks Was Filmed as a Social Experiment By Director

Advertisement
Avatar

Written by Hashim Asraff

Articles Published: 1091

Hashim, Entertainment Writer. With over 1000 published articles on FandomWire, he covers a wide range of topics from celebrity life to comic book movies. He holds a Masters degree in Sociology and his expertise proves invaluable in handling sensitive news. His passion for crime investigation thrillers has turned him into a detective, exploring the darkest corners of the internet during his research.