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Casting news roundup: Jeff Goldblum talks Jurassic World sequel and more


Which A-listers have been making the headlines this week? Let's find out in our bitesized casting roundup.

Jeff Goldblum talks Jurassic World sequel

There's no-one quite like Jeff, and while we acclimatise to his awesome performance as the Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok, he's got another blockbuster looming up on the horizon.

Next year The Goldblum will be back as sardonic mathematician Ian Malcolm in prehistoric sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (although of course 2015's Jurassic World was the fourth in the series overall). Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back to tackle more deadly dinos under the direction of A Monster Calls filmmaker J.A. Bayona, and Jeff is along for the ride too.

It'll be his first Jurassic Park appearance since 1997's The Lost World, directed by Steven Spielberg, and it seems as if Ian will be as raw, undiluted and memorable as before. (Forgive us for the hyperbole – it's the Goldblum effect.) In fact, it sounds like his role will link all the way back to the famous nature vs exploitation debate of the original Jurassic Park.

"Ian Malcolm, yes, might be back in this one, and he might have something to say about the current confluence of circumstances around the use and misuse of technology," he tells Radio Times. "With some wry irony, deep wise passionate conviction, and he might put on a nice dark bit of clothing here and there...and a tint of glass maybe."

That sounds awesome, and when pressed about what Ian could possibly have been doing since 1997, Jeff gives a typically brilliant response: "He opened a jazz club probably, and he’s been playing every Wednesday, at a place called Rockwell. He calls it Rockwell."

Seriously, where's the movie about that?

Ben Mendelsohn wanted for Captain Marvel baddie

There are certain actors we just love to hate on the big screen, Michael Shannon being one and Mendelsohn being another. He stole the show as self-serving Death Star creator Orson Krennic in last year's Rogue One, and now he's being lured from the dark side to the altogether brighter Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Don't expect his character to follow suit, however: Mendelsohn is being tapped to play the villain in Brie Larson starrer Captain Marvel, which hits our screens in March 2019. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck the movie focuses on legendary Marvel hero Carol Danvers (played by Larson) and is set in the 1990s, with the main antagonists being evil alien beings the Skrulls, originally created by artist Jack Kirby.

With Samuel L. Jackson reportedly coming back as Nick Fury there are plenty of reasons to be excited, and Mendelsohn's casting is another of those. His litany of memorable villains encompasses the likes of Slow West, Animal Kingdom and The Dark Knight Rises, and although his role hasn't been confirmed yet we can surely expect a similar level of intensity and creepiness.

In January 2018 he will be seen as King George VI in Oscar-buzzed Winston Churchill drama Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman.

IT 2 fan posters speculate on adult Losers' Club cast

One of the biggest questions of 2018 is this: who will play the grown-up heroes battling evil Pennywise in IT: Chapter 2? We presented our own choices here and someone has now taken things a step further, fashioning these eye-catching posters imagining a host of A-listers as the adult Losers.

They are Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mike, Chris Pratt as Ben, Jessica Chastain as Bev, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Stanley, Adam Scott as Eddie, Mark Duplass as Richie and Patrick Wilson as Bill – quite the line-up we're sure you'd agree.

IT: Chapter 2 will see Andy Muschietti returning as director, working from a script by writer Gary Dauberman, and will hit our screens in September 2019.

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