Life, uh, finds a way. It was just confirmed by Hollywood Reporter that Jeff Goldblum will make his return to the Jurassic Park franchise in 2018. Goldblum’s much beloved chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm was first introduced in the original film, and later returned to star in the 1997 sequel ‘The Lost World’. Now, nearly 20 years later, he’s back, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Eagle eyed super fans probably spotted the Malcolm easter eggs laced throughout Jurassic World, with his picture appearing on the fictional book ‘God Creates Dinosaurs’. Perhaps they were trying to tell us all along that he would be back! Now the big question is what story elements will spark his return, and what role will he play?
While one would think two brushes with death amongst dinosaurs would be enough to keep him far away, his personality is much like a moth to the flame. He wants to be there, to tell people they’re foolish, to try to convince them to take another path, and ultimately, to tell them “I told you so”. It seems fair to assume that as much as he wants to stay away on a baser level, he has an attraction to chaos that he cannot deny – and chaos certainly rules after the Jurassic World incident.
I personally could see his character returning to be the voice of logic, less enamored by the dinosaurs, viewing them in a more negative light. In a way, I imagine he’ll be a bit of an anti-hero, as we the audience find ourselves rooting for the dinosaurs to survive – he’ll probably be less sympathetic. Let’s face it, while we all love the dinosaurs, they pose a huge threat to natural ecosystem of the world, and if they ever were introduced outside of the islands the consequences would be dire.
Producer Frank Marshall had this to say about Jeff’s return to Slashfilm:
“I’m excited to have him back. The world has changed a lot since Ian Malcolm went to Jurassic Park and we need his point of view now more than ever. He told us about chaos theory, he was right.”
However he returns, I believe he’ll help keep the science part of science fiction going strong in the upcoming sequel – something I found lacking from the main protagonists in Jurassic World. Jeff Goldblum joins Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B.D. Wong, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Geraldine Chaplin, Ted Levine and James Cromwell in Jurassic World 2 which releases June 22nd, 2018.
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Source: Hollywood Repoter