Life Finds a Way as Jeff Goldblum Returns for Jurassic World 2

Jeff Goldblum is returning to Jurassic Park. Image: Universal
Jeff Goldblum is returning to Jurassic Park. Image: Universal

Did you watch the first Jurassic World and think, “This needs more Jeff Goldblum?” Well, you’re in luck for the sequel. Life found a way.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Goldblum will return to the franchise in 2018's Jurassic World 2. It’ll be his first time back since 1997's The Lost World.

Goldblum will once again play Dr. Ian Malcolm, the mathematician and proponent of Chaos Theory who survived the first film and returned in the sequel, this time as the island’s biggest critic. What the character has been doing since then, and what he thinks of the fact Jurassic World was so successful for a while, are just a few of the many, many questions we have now that we know he’s returning.


Almost nothing is known about the sequel, which is currently filming. All we do know is Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning, J.A. Bayona is directing and a few new actors have been added. Now, they’ll be dealing with the world’s foremost expert on dinosaur theme park survival.

Jurassic World 2, which won’t be called that, opens June 22, 2018.

[Hollywood Reporter]

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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This mews does nothing for me.

First, he already got his sequel - it was The Lost World. And Sam Neil got Jurassic Park III. When is Laura Dern gonna get hers? Sure, she appeared in III, but she deserves a sequel where she is the lead, like the guys got. She was an important part of the first movie too.

Second - Goldblum reprised his Independence Day role and he was barely recognizable as the same character. Sure, part of it was the script, but part of it was because it felt like he was sleepwalking through the role.

Third, the character had already lost half his charm by the time he appeared in the Lost World. Watch that movie again - he barely ever smiles or laugh, like in the first movie.

So, yeah, I like Jurassic Park’s Ian Malcolm all right, but I see notbing worthwhile in him returning. I’ll be happy to eat my hat if they prove me wrong.