Jurassic World 2: Jeff Goldblum Teases the Return of Dr. Ian Malcolm

Jeff Goldblum teases his return as Dr. Ian Malcolm in next year’s Jurassic World sequel

In a little over a year, Jurassic Park franchise fans will get see Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm on the big screen for the character’s first full appearance in more than two decades. It was revealed last month that the star will be reprising his franchise role for the forthcoming (still untitled) Jurassic World sequel. Speaking with EW, Goldblum today teased Ian Malcolm’s return.

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“Off I go in a few weeks to London, where they’ve been hard at work, and I’ll try to contribute something to the plate of dino-entertainment,” Goldblum tells the outlet of his return as Ian Malcolm. “I like my character. I think my character is a saucy, sassy man of some integrity and deep thinking. And of course, that whole world continues to be popular, slam-bang, top entertainment.”

Goldblum joins a cast that currently includes returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard alongside Toby Jones, Daniella PinedaJustice Smith and Rafe Spall. Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg are returning to produce the film, which has JA Bayona (When a Monster Calls, The Impossible) in the director’s chair and Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly providing the screenplay.

In the same interview, Goldblum spoke about his initial conversations with Bayona and teased that the plot will, not surprisingly, continue the franchise’s theme of greed.

“Even though some might say it’s popcorn-y entertainment (top-notch, of course), in our conversation he was very focused on the serious issues of greed as it oftentimes comes up in those movies and the marvels of science and reason and the very fascinating point at which our species finds itself both in real life and in this imaginary world too. I’m very interested in that myself, so I’m looking forward to this.”

Goldblum made his debut as Ian Malcolm in Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park. The character then returned for the first sequel, 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Eagle-eyed viewers, however, can glimpse Ian Malcolm’s photo in Jurassic World on the back cover of a fictional book, “God Creates Dinosaurs.”

The Jurassic World sequel is set for release on June 22, 2018.

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