The next chapter of Universal’s “Jurassic World” will include one of the franchise’s original cast members, TheWrap has learned: Jeff Goldblum.
Goldblum co-starred in 1993’s “Jurassic World” and also 1997’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician who was first picked to be part of a VIP tour on a mysterious island theme park that had been inhabited by dinosaurs, thanks to the use of some prehistoric DNA.
J. A. Bayona (“The Impossible,” “A Monster Calls”) is directing the next “Jurassic” installment, which will see Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their leading roles in the mega-franchise. Steven Spielberg is executive producing along with Colin Trevorrow — who directed the 2015 reboot.
It is scheduled to open in theaters on June 22, 2018.
“Jurassic World” became the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time, earning $1.67 billion worldwide. The entire series, comprised of four films so far, has grossed a total of $3.6 billion worldwide.
The forthcoming sequel was written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.
Vice President of Production Sara Scott has been tapped to oversee the production for Universal.
Goldblum will soon appear in Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” in theaters Nov. 3.
He is repped by ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment and Hansen.