Jeff Goldblum Returning to ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel
Jeff Goldblum is reportedly reprising his Jurassic Park role for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel. The Independence Day actor will be playing mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm for the third time in the follow-up to 2015’s Jurassic World, which is currently in production, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In 1993’s original movie, Malcolm was drafted in to sign off on the dinosaur theme park with fellow experts played by Sam Neill and Laura Dern. And in the 1997 sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, he was hired to stop the dinosaurs being captured and brought to the mainland. It is not known how Malcolm will fit alongside Chris Pratt’s dinosaur tamer Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s theme park executive Claire Dearing, who were new characters in Jurassic World, which became the fourth highest-grossing film in history at the time of release. The 64-year-old, who welcomed his second child earlier this month, is currently in Sydney, Australia and was spotted handing out snacks from a food truck named Chef Goldblum on Wednesday. According to news.com.au, he told fans he was unable to say why he was in the country. “It’s kind of a secret, it’s a mystery — I can’t divulge,” he reportedly said. “I wish I could (say) but I think very soon you will know. You may be less surprised than you think.” Goldblum, who will soon be seen in upcoming superhero movie Thor: Ragnarok, is no stranger to reprising roles as he returned to his Independence Day character 20 years after the original for 2016’s Resurgence. Jurassic World 2, as it’s currently titled, is being directed by J.A. Bayona, who is best known for The Impossible and A Monster Calls, and will also star Justice Smith, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and B.D. Wong, who played scientist Dr. Henry Wu in the original and the 2015 movie. Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, wrote the script with Derek Connolly and will produce alongside Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley, and Steven Spielberg. The sequel, which is slated for release on June 22, 2018, began principal photography in February, with filming due to take place in Hawaii and a number of English locations.