We haven’t seen Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm since the second Jurassic Park film, but that’s apparently going to change. THR is reporting that Goldblum has joined the cast to the upcoming sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World.
The still untitled fifth film in the Jurassic Park franchise will also see the return of Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and is being directed by J.A. Bayona. Goldblum’s Dr. Malcolm will only be the second character from the original trilogy to appear in the rebooted franchise, and marks the first major character to return. Since Malcolm is arguably the best character in the first film (and arguably the only reason the second film is watchable), this is pretty exciting.
The still untitled Jurassic World sequel will be released June 22, 2018.
So the long-in-development but finally happening Independence Day 2 (or as I like to obnoxiously refer to it as “ID4-2“) finally has cast its leads.
Will Smith is not returning so far as anyone can tell, but Jeff Goldblum has committed to the sequel and will return as David Levinson. Replacing Smith will be Jessie Usher, who will portray the son of Smith’s Steven Hiller. The second coolest Hemsworth, Liam, will portray an as-of-yet-unnamed character who may or may not be related to Bill Pullman’s character from the first film.
Because it’s vital for anyone who does anything important in a sequel to be related to the people who did important things in the first one.
Anyway, no word about the rest of the cast beyond “We’re pretty sure Randy Quaid won’t be in it.” I mean, his character is dead and all too… but that feels almost secondary at this point.
So a sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day (or ID4 as us cool kids call it) has been a recurring rumor for quite some time. Every couple of years it seems to be that thing that people want to do. Well, this time around it seems a bit more concrete than it was before.
When talking with Time, actor Jeff Goldblum said that Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin not only have a script but that they want him in the sequel.
This is more than we’ve gotten in past rumors, but remember to take it with a helpful dose of salt.