Well wonders never cease. Not only are we getting a sequel to ‘Jurassic World’ that will include Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, but it seems the new film and spin on the franchise are impressive enough to be attracting some of the former stars of the franchise as well. Yep, you guessed it, Ian Malcolm himself is going back to the land of Dinosaurs for a third outing, which, I suppose if you think about it, is not that surprising right now for Jeff Goldblum. We saw him reprise his old character from ‘Independence Day’ last summer, and this summer he is going to be in ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ so he is clearly game to get back into the blockbuster business, and with the success of ‘Jurassic World,’ why would he not want to be involved with a sequel.
The news of Goldblum’s return to the story was broken by The Hollywood Reporter, though the circumstances around his return/ purpose in the story are still understandably under wraps, as is the amount of involvement his character will actually have. Further confirmation of the return of Goldblum came from producer Frank Marshall himself, who stated during an interview with Slashfilm:
“I’m excited to have him back. The world has changed a lot since Ian Malcolm went to Jurassic Park and we need his point of view now more than ever. He told us about chaos theory, he was right.”
Of course, this could all just mean a cameo appearance from Goldblum in the film, but I highly doubt that is the case here, especially when they are making such a big deal about his return. However, they have already been filming ‘Jurassic World 2’ for a few months now, so Goldblum’s role will clearly not be as a major as Pratt or Howard’s if they could bring him on this late in the game, unless they knew all along about his involvement and managed to keep it secret until now.
What are your thoughts on the return of Jeff Goldblum to the franchise? Do you think he will survive the film? What could possibly make Ian Malcolm go back on another dino-adventure this time around? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67)