One of the selling points of Jurassic World:
WARNING: Spoilers below for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
When the film opens, a congressional hearing is attempting to determine how to handle the fact that the island upon which Jurassic World was built faced an impending volcanic explosion, essentially guaranteeing the remaining dinosaurs would be killed. Malcolm spoke at this hearing to confess he thought the animals shouldn't be saved, as nature never intended them to be there in the first place. The scene was revisited at the end of the film, though this was Malcolm's only appearance.
"We never did. It always felt really cheap to me. It always felt fake," Trevorrow shared with Empire when asked if there was a possibility of Malcolm playing a larger role in earlier drafts. "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 I just wouldn’t want them doing anything I don’t think they’d naturally do."
The Jurassic World films have served as both a continuation of Jurassic Park and also a somewhat reboot of the series, as the focus has shifted to all-new characters. Goldblum marked the second actor from the original film to join the new sequels, with B.D. Wong appearing as one of Jurassic World's chief researchers after debuting in Jurassic Park as a scientist helping create the park's dinosaurs.
Trevorrow also recently teased that this film offered some closure to Malcolm, while Jurassic World 3 could see the return of more franchise staples.
“We felt like this was [Ian] Malcolm’s return… this was his… let him have his moment,” Trevorrow shared with MTV's Seen
Dern's only return to the franchise was a brief scene in Jurassic Park III, though her role was also quite minimal.
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