Apr 26, 2017 03:00 PM EDT By Bryan Ke

Jeff Goldblum to return as Dr. Ian Malcom in ‘Jurassic World 2’

Jeff Goldblum confirmed to reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the 2018 film sequel, "Jurassic World 2"

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Jeff Goldblum, the Hollywood actor who is currently set to appear as the Grandmaster in "Thor: Ragnarok" later this year, has been tapped to return in the much-awaited dinosaur movie sequel "Jurassic World 2."

The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively confirmed that Goldblum will reprise his role as the know-it-all mathematician, Dr. Ian Malcolm, from the original 1993 movie "Jurassic Park" and its 1997 sequel, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will also return to "Jurassic World 2" as Owen and Claire, respectively.

"Jurassic World 2" producer Frank Marshall, meanwhile, has expressed his enthusiasm for the return of Goldblum's character in the franchise. "I'm excited to have him back," he said during a brief conversation with Slash Film. "The world has changed a lot since Ian Malcolm went to Jurassic Park and we need his point of view now more than ever. He told us about chaos theory, he was right."

Unfortunately, Universal Pictures has yet to release the official synopsis for the sequel. But reports believe "Jurassic World 2" will tackle the issues of animal cruelty and exploitation.

Fans of the new franchise can also expect the next film installment to be "more suspenseful and scary," according to "Jurassic World" director and co-writer, Colin Trevorrow, Digital Spy reported last year. "It's just the way it's designed; it's the way the story plays out," he added.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures has released a new promotional photo for "Jurassic World 2." The image, which was posted on Instagram earlier in March, hints the introduction of a new character - a young girl named Lucy. She was seen standing in a museum in front of a dinosaur skeleton, specifically a triceratops' head. The name of who will play the part, unfortunately, has yet to be revealed.

"Jurassic World 2" production is already underway. The film sequel is set to premiere in cinemas on June 22, 2018.

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