Big news from the blockbuster world this morning. J. A. Bayona’s Jurassic World 2 will see Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm bringing an air of rockstar rebelliousness back to the franchise. One of the standouts stars in the original Jurassic Park and its much misunderstood sequel, The Lost World. Sixteen years after battling dinosaurs in San Diego we’ll get to see how time has treated the leather jacket-wearing chaos-theorist.
We know that J. A. Bayona has teased plans for the ongoing series, which is so far set to be a trilogy. Rumours of weaponised dinosaurs, and nesting islands are still flying around, and it’ll be a while until we have any further clarification. The cast has grown in recent months, with the likes of Rafe Spall and Toby Jones jumping on board. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be leading the film as expected.
Sam Neill has played this game before, returning for Jurassic Park 3 after sitting 2001’s The Lost World out. With Goldblum now in the mix there’s a chance to bring some of the old school Jurassic Parking to the new trilogy.
There are also rumours of an epic submarine battle scene in the new film which, if true, helps to give the sequel a different stylistic identity – something The Lost World attempted with the San Diego sequence. Read more on the submarine rumours here. Perhaps Jeff Goldblum’s character turns up to save the day with a submersible Captain Nemo style?