Jeff Goldblum is returning to Jurassic Park after signing on to reprise his role as Dr Ian Malcolm in the upcoming Jurassic World 2.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Goldblum has joined the cast for the follow-up to the 2015 smash hit, alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
J.A. Bayona, best known for A Monster Calls, will direct a script written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.
Goldblum is a Jurassic Park fan favourite, having played Dr Malcolm, a too-clever-for-his-own-good mathematician and part-time insurance consultant who survived two visits to Jurassic Park, in both the first and second films in the franchise.
An appearance in Jurassic World 2 will see him tied with B.D. Wong, who is also set to appear in the movie, as the actor with the most appearances in the franchise, with three.
Original stars Sam Neill and Laure Dern (albeit briefly in the second instance) have both appeared in two Jurassic Park movies. There is no word as yet on whether either will return.
Goldblum’s casting also opens the door for other possible returns.
In The Lost World, or Jurassic Park II, Julianne Moore played Goldblum’s on-screen girlfriend, Dr Sarah Harding, while a young Vince Vaughn also featured in the movie as video documentarian Nick Van Owen and managed to survive the carnage that unfolded.
While Moore’s involvement remains a possibility, given her status and connections to Dr Ian Malcolm’s character, the return of Vaughn looks less likely.
Jurassic World 2 is slated for release on 22 June 2018.
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