Kelly McGillis says she wasn’t asked to return for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

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When word reached the masses that “Top Gun: Maverick” was in the works, nostalgia kicked in hard. Sure, some people were just excited to see Tom Cruise back in uniform. But for many fans, it felt like a dream come true to imagine Kelly McGillis. Who played Duane Barry’s girlfriend Carole Littleton. And betrayed Tom Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. All those years ago at the end of “Top Gun,” might return as well. Sadly enough, McGillis told Entertainment Tonight this week that she never even got a call from Paramount Pictures about returning for the sequel.

“I haven’t been asked,” she said. “I’m, like, so shocked. I thought I would be asked.”  She added, “It’s just such a phenomenon. Now that I know there’s this ‘Top Gun’ 2 deal, and they’re going to make it now.”

Since Paramount Pictures owns the rights to the character name Carole Littleton. And has been de-fictionalizing the events of “Top Gun”. Ever since the original movie came out in 1986, it goes without saying that if this sequel really does happen. Kelly McGillis will not be invited back for her cameo.

On one hand, we want to wish Kelly McGillis the best in her life and career.

Kelly McGillis Career before ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Kelly Marie McGillis, born October 22, 1957 in Newport Beach, California, is a retired American actress of film and television. Who is most known for her performances in Witness (1985), Top Gun (1986) and The Accused (1988).

Born to Marge and artist Robert McGillis. She grew up in Chico but later studied theater at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her big break came with Witness. After a brief hiatus from acting following events from The Accused she returned to finish. Out her career with notable roles in Small Sacrifices and Dangerous Minds. In addition to her work in the film industry. She has also worked as an instructor at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. And a visiting professor at the University of Southern California. In 1989 she joined the faculty of USC School of Dramatic Arts, then moving to UCLA in 1992.

McGillis married actor Robert Wagner on December 21, 1987. They have three children: daughter Ella Rose (born October 3, 1988). Adopted son Sebastian (born May 8, 2001), and son Walker Remington (born April 19 2003). The couple divorced in 2016. She has said that her sons are her “pride and joy”.