Jeff Goldblum will star in Universal Pictures’ sequel to Jurassic World (2015), alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
The actor, who starred in the original Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), will reprise his cult role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, the insurance consultant who inexplicably survived both films.
Goldblum has previously revealed that he wasn’t contacted about a role in the 2015 relaunch, which became one of the highest earning films in history after making £1.3bn at the box office.
“They’re doing spectacularly well without me,” Goldblum stated at a screening of Independence Day (1996) for the film’s 20th anniversary. “If I never did any more, I’d be entirely nourished and happy and fulfilled from having done these.”
Little is known about the upcoming blockbuster’s story line or how Goldblum will feature, but director Colin Trevorrow has spoken about the possibilities of leaving the theme park and exploring how the science at work there might be applied other spheres, such as military, agriculture or medicine – essentially using prehistoric dinosaurs much like we do modern animals.
“We are the Alpha now,” Trevorrow said in an interview with Radio Times, “and we dominate all of the other animals. But when you throw in animals that were the Alpha on this planet for far longer than we’ve ever existed in with us… I don’t really know who’s in charge there.”
Jurassic World included hints at how the technology might be used elsewhere, with the park’s chief of the security Vic Hoskins voicing a desire to have the Velociraptors fight alongside the military.
The new sequel is expected to release June 2018, and we’ll most likely hear more about the film’s plot early next year.