I don't care what anyone says- I love Jurassic World. The characters are dumb and the plot is mainly recycled from Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic, but there's no question in my mind that Colin Trevorrow's 2015 film is one of the most unabashedly entertaining summer blockbusters in recent memory. There have been plenty of giant monster movies of the years, but none have been able to channel the pure sense of pleasure that comes from watching massive prehistoric dinosaurs smash each other to bits. It's a nostalgia-fueled adventure that feels like a theme park ride come to life, and despite its flaws, it's a movie that I truly enjoy without even a hint of irony. There's even more room for improvement and expansion with next year's sequel, which will bring back Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard for more dinosaur-centric action. This time around, A Monster Calls and The Impossible director J.A. Bayona is behind the camera, hoping to bring a sense of emotion and terror to match Trevorrow's popcorn sensibilities. As if that wasn't enough, yesterday gave us another reason to be excited for the sequel.
In an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Ford, the trade publication confirms that Jeff Goldblum, who previously appeared in the original Jurassic Park and 1997's The Lost World, will be returning to play Dr. Ian Malcolm in next year's sequel. No other information was provided, but expect Goldblum's presence in the follow-up to be a major draw for fans, even those that were skeptical of Jurassic World. Goldblum will appear in November's Thor: Ragnarok and next April's Isle of Dogs, the new film from acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson. Now, let's keep in mind that Goldblum reprising a famous role isn't necessarily a guarantee of quality- he starred in Independence Day: Resurgence, and that was still the worst film of 2016. Nonetheless, this is an incredible development. Goldblum's character is one of the highlights of the original film, and it'll be great to see him return for whatever Bayona and producer Frank Marshall draw up next. Jurassic World 2 (or whatever they end up calling it) will undoubtedly be one of the biggest films of 2018, and Goldblum's casting gives us just one more reason to be excited.
In addition to Pratt, Howard, and Goldblum, the untitled Jurassic World sequel stars Ted Levine, Toby Jones, BD Wong, James Cromwell, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, and Geraldine Chaplin and will hit theaters on June 22, 2018.