The first look at Jeff Goldblum's return as Dr. Ian Malcolm is unveiled in a new behind-the-scenes (BTS) reel for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. A once dormant franchise, Jurassic World brought back the world of dinosaurs in a big way two years ago. Prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaking almost every box office record, Jurassic World was breaking and setting new records a few months before. It exceeded all expectations with an opening weekend over $200 million and a final global total of over $1.6 billion. Thanks to this gigantic success, a sequel was undoubtedly coming.
We're now just a day away from seeing the first true look at Fallen Kingdom, but the lead up has seen the release of plenty of promos. Early trailer teases offered a glimpse at what director J.A. Bayona is doing, and plot details later fleshed those ideas out. While the movie is once again centered around Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), the sequel features a long awaited return.
Universal Pictures released a new behind-the-scenes reel (featured at the top of the post) for Fallen Kingdom today that features Bayona, Pratt, Howard, and more talking about the sequel. As they talk, new pieces of actual footage and BTS looks are shown, including the very first look at Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm. Take a look:
Malcolm's very on the nose line "Here I am talking about dinosaurs again" signals his return to the franchise, but he appears to not be involved in the main crux of the story. While Owen, Claire, and her new organization look to save dinosaurs from Jurassic World, Malcolm appears to be in court. The issue at hand could be what to do with dinosaurs moving forward and Malcolm has been called upon as an expert witness. If something similar to this is taking place, it could mean the franchise's previous star may not get much (if any) screen time with the new leads.
The rest of the reel offers further teases of various scenes and set pieces, but there's also an emphasis put on them using animatronics as much as possible. One of the reasons Steven Spielberg's original film has been able to stand the test of time is because of how good the dinosaurs look. This is thanks to using practical effects when possible, so it is great to see the franchise getting back to its roots here. With this BTS reel being the latest in a line of promotional materials, its time for the trailer, so check back on Screen Rant tomorrow to see more of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Source: Universal Pictures