After almost ten years, Jeff Goldblum will return to the big screen as his iconic character Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World 2. Ahead of his three-week guest host appearance on National Geographic’s Explorer, the 64-year-old talks about his upcoming movies including the still-untitled sequel to the 2015 box office dinosaur hit.
A Walk In The Jurassic Park
While Jurassic World has a few similarities with Jurassic Park, the new franchise has been pretty much independent from the original. For one, Chris Pratt, one of the most sought-after leading men in the movie industry right now, leads the cast as Owen Grady, a dinosaur researcher and raptor trainer.
But the second movie will further establish the connection between the new and the old franchise. The plot is yet to be revealed, but Goldblum gave a hint at where the sequel could go.
“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,” he told EW. Pratt and co-star Bryce Dallas Howard has been filming for quite some time now which means that Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm will probably appear later in the movie.
While he did not give details about his reappearance and role in the new franchise, he did tease that, after all these years, the character did not lose his spirit. “”I think my character is a saucy, sassy man of some integrity and deep thinking,” he explained. “And of course, that whole world continues to be popular, slam-bang, top entertainment.”
The Relevance Of The Dinosaurs To The World
The actor also talked about the more high-mind themes of the upcoming sequel. While Jurassic World is definitely a franchise movie, viewers should not disregard the message it is trying to convey.
“Even though some might say it’s popcorn-y entertainment (top-notch, of course),” he explained, “in our conversation [director J.A. Bayona] 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.” He added that he, too, is very much interested in exploring the same themes.
The first movie already tackled the same issues: when the scientists and the corporate men and women working in the Jurassic World engineered a dinosaur that has the capacity to, not only escape from his formidable cage but also fight his way to the top of the food chain and kill a lot of people in the process. Some characters also expressed the desire to weaponize these creatures.
Goldblum’s co-star James Cromwell said the same thing. In a previous conversation with Larry King, the actor revealed that his new character named Benjamin Lockwood is an old pal of Jurassic Park’s John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). In the new movie, the actor said that Lockwood and Hammond developed the technology behind the gene cloning in the past. But in the present, the character will grapple with the consequences of what they have done.
There are plenty of rumors surrounding the upcoming movie. Some claim that a new genetically-engineered dinosaur will emerge and will become even stronger than the I-Rex. The first movie did show B.D. Wong’s character, Dr. Henry Wu, fleeing Isla Nublar, but not without his scientific equipment. Word on the web also reveals that the dinosaurs will be weaponized. Perhaps, in the still-untitled Jurassic World 2, viewers will witness the dawn of genetically-engineered dinosaur army ready to be deployed?
Jurassic World 2 will also star Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. The movie will be released on June 22, 2018.
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