Last month, it was announced that Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park actor Jeff Goldblum would be rejoining the dino-franchise for 2018’s Jurassic World 2. And before Golblum heads off to London to reprise his role as Ian Malcolm, he took the time to share his thoughts on his character, his relationship with director J.A. Bayona, and his overall excitement to return to the franchise.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Goldblum was asked about what he was looking forward to in regards to his Jurassic World 2 role.
“I like my character,” Goldblum told EW. “I think my character is a saucy, sassy man of some integrity and deep thinking. And of course, that whole world continues to be popular, slam-bang, top entertainment. I talked to the director, J.A. Bayona, over the phone. I enjoyed his movie The Impossible with Naomi Watts, and he’s something else. I didn’t realize he was a good friend of a friend of mine, a director I worked with a while ago in Spain named Fernando Trueba, who’s just fantastic. Knowing that the two of them are brethren and brotherly in their friendship makes me feel very good, too. Even though some might say it’s popcorn-y entertainment (top-notch, of course), in our conversation he was very focused on the serious issues of greed as it oftentimes comes up in those movies, and the marvels of science and reason and the very fascinating point at which our species finds itself both in real life and in this imaginary world too. I’m very interested in that myself, so I’m looking forward to this. I’ve got a few things to do. I’m nothing if not conscientious, so I’m enjoying working on it every day.”
At this point, little is known about Jurassic World 2‘s plot, though it’s said to be larger in scope than the previous film, and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt is on the record as promising the sequel will be “scarier” and “darker” than the first.
Jurassic World 2 is by written by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, and is directed by J.A. Bayona. The film stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Howard, along with newcomers Ted Levine, Justice Smith, and Geraldine Chaplin. Jurassic World 2 is expected to stomp into theaters on June 22, 2018.