Touring the press outlets for his new film Thor: Ragnarok, Jeff Goldblum is undoubtedly being asked about his upcoming role in the Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom.
While none of the cast are able to reveal too much about the film (too much = anything), Jeff did reveal the size of his role in a reply to my question submitted to the Empire writer, Nick de Semlyen.
“It’s small… who knows, they may cut me out entirely! But if I stay in I’ll be a sprig of parsley or a little garnish, hopefully with some impact!”
While he was no doubt joking about potentially being cut out of the movie (fear not, Malcolm’s in), it was a little bit disappointing to hear that his role is small. While I don’t expect Ian Malcolm to be running around the islands anymore, I was hoping for his character to have a more prominent role, almost in an effort to return the franchise to its thematic roots.
Listen to the whole interview below – the questions begin at 14:13
In what capacity do you think Ian Malcolm will appear in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? For whatever reason, I can’t help but think we’ll be seeing him in the third act only, potentially establishing the return of more characters in the third film.
We can assume the ending of Fallen Kingdom is going to feel like one big setup for the third movie, and while that’s expected in this day and age of blockbusters, I do hope Malcolm is given proper treatment.
His character’s change from Jurassic Park to The Lost World is memorable and to me, one of the most important takeaways from the 1997 follow-up. Director Steven Spielberg executed his character’s progression perfectly – and logically. After what they saw and experienced on Isla Nublar, having Malcolm return as a cooky, sleazy theorist wouldn’t work. His experiences shifted him, changed him.
It’s exciting to think about how Malcolm has changed since 1997 – and what his views on Jurassic World are. For some reason, I don’t think he’s a fan…
Huge thanks to Nick at Empire for getting my question in there! Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.