Why Ian Malcolm Didn’t Play A Bigger Role in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

One of the most exciting things about the lead up to the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was the discovery that Jeff Goldblum was going to reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm. Unfortunately, after seeing the movie, many fans were disappointed, as it turned out that the character wasn't actually in the movie very much at all. Producer Colin Trevorrow was recently asked if there was any discussion of bringing the character to the island and giving him a larger part in the story. Apparently, there was never much discussion about making the role any larger, as it was felt that anything the writers did to make Jeff Goldblum's character a bigger part of the story would have been too contrived. According to Trevorrow...

We never did. It always felt really cheap to me. It always felt fake. It felt like a construct of screenwriters trying to figure out how to fit in a character they love. I have so much respect for those characters that I just wouldn't want them doing anything I don't think they'd naturally do.

It may take you longer to read this article than Jeff Goldblum was on screen during Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He acts as a sort of bookend to the story, appearing in an early scene where he is testifying before Congress on the subject of what to do with the dinosaurs that are in danger on Isla Nublar. He returns at the end speaking before the same committee, and setting up the new world that we will see when Jurassic World 3 arrives in a few years.

While fans may have been frustrated by the lack of Goldblum, because there can never be too much Goldblum, Colin Trevorrow's comments on the Empire Film Podcast are actually good news. If there wasn't a way to make a larger Ian Malcolm appearance not seem solely like a gimmick, then it's best that it didn't happen. The only thing worse than seeing the character return in a glorified cameo would be seeing him return in some ridiculous way that didn't make any sense that was ultimately damaging to what people loved about the character in the first place. Trevorrow makes it clear he loves the character too, and thus he didn't want to see him used badly.

In the end, it's a good thing that these characters from the early part of the franchise are being used properly. B.D. Wong's Dr. Wu made sense to be working in the park in the previous film and his character arc has continued from there. It remains to be seen if other characters will return in Jurassic World 3, but fans can rest easy that, if they do, it should be in a way that makes sense for the story being told.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.