Doctor Ian Malcom Is Heading Back to Jurassic Park for ‘Jurassic World 2’

The Jurassic Park franchise has never kept much character continuity between the sequels. The Lost World‘s main returning player was Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm. But then he cycled out and Dr. Grant (Sam Neil) came back for Jurassic Park 3, with a very small cameo from Dr. Sattler (Laura Dern). None of them returned for Jurassic World, which instead brought back only two characters from the franchises’ past: Dr. Wu (B.D. Wong) and the T. rex.

Sticking with that pattern of cycling people in and out, The Hollywood Reporter has just announced Jeff Goldblum will be back for the sequel to Jurassic World.

There’s no word yet on how big of a role the wise-cracking, sexy mathematician will have in the story, but then again we also don’t really know anything about the story at this point except that it’s supposedly darker and scarier. All we know for sure is that J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) is directing from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World). Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt are returning, and they’ll be joined by new dino bait James Cromwell, Toby Jones and Justice Smith.

Jurassic World 2, which isn’t its actual title, will hit theaters on June 22, 2018.

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