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There’s a Familiar Face Returning to ‘Jurassic World 2’

By  · Published on April 26th, 2017

If you weren’t excited before…

A few years ago when it was announced that we were being invited back into the world of Jurassic Park, the big question on everyone’s mind was, “how will this new film connect to the original trilogy?” There were theories that Chris Pratt’s character was a grown version of a little boy seen in the first film – a theory Pratt himself recently shot down – but aside from assurances by the producers that this would be a continuation and not a full-on reboot, and a few lines of dialogue here and there, Jurassic World stands on its own, dependent on its own characters to propel the film. But now, with Jurassic World 2 in production for director J.A. Bayona, there’s word that we’re getting an honest to goodness, verifiable link to the original films, via perhaps the most beloved character in the franchise: Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm.

Goldblum last surfaced in a Jurassic movie back in the other part two, The Lost World, and now according to The Hollywood Reporter he’s set to slip back into that form-fitting black shirt and ready to wage intellectual war with genetically engineered dinos all over again. There’s no word how Goldblum – who will be joining returning stars Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and newcomers James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, and Justice Smith – will fit into the story, but come on, it’s Ian Malcolm, the guy who (literally) wrote the book on modern day thunder lizards, so there are plenty of opportunities to work him in.

This will be the second classic character Goldblum has resurrected lately; last year he reprised his role from Independence Day in Independence Day: Resurgence. I like to think he’s pulling a Harrison Ford and revisiting all his best roles a few decades after the fact. If there’s a god who loves us, up next will be The Fly III.

In reality, Goldblum can next be seen in Thor: Ragnarok, which is out later this year. Jurassic World 2: Malcolm’s Revenge, hits theaters June 22, 2018.

Over in our corner of the internet we had a lot of really interesting posts go up yesterday, including an interview with the director of the neo-noir Sweet Virginia, a review of the thriller Thumper, our own take on the spoilers that could have been Avengers 4, a trip back to “the most disappointing year in movies,” and a roundup of the week’s Blu-Ray and DVD releases.

And lastly, take a look at five of the most popular shots we tweeted over the last 24 hours. Want more? You know where to find us.

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