Jeff Goldblum promises a 'saucy' Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World 2

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May 9, 2017, 1:09 PM EDT

Jeff Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm is the sexy, rock-star mathematician of the Jurassic Park franchise who "suffers from a deplorable excess of personality."

The skeptical man in black who demonstrates Chaos Theory with water drops and cracks wise when a terrifying T-Rex is charging at his zooming Jeep is a vital comic relief character who also acts as a sounding board for the screenplay's science and internal logic.

Malcolm was last seen walking with dinosaurs in 1997's The Lost World, restoring his crushed reputation after the events on Isla Nublar by joining a mission to John Hammond's Site B when he discovers his biologist girlfriend has gone missing there. For Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World, Malcolm is only a mere mention, usually as a casual joke or to acknowledge his "God Creates Dinosaurs" book.

Now Goldblum's Malcolm is back for J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World 2, joining returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and is about to hop across the pond to start production this summer. In a chat with EW, Goldblum gave hints about his character's return and touched upon recurring themes of this Jurassic sequel.

“Off I go in a few weeks to London, where they’ve been hard at work, and I’ll try to contribute something to the plate of dino-entertainment. I like my character. I think my character is a saucy, sassy man of some integrity and deep thinking. And of course, that whole world continues to be popular, slam-bang, top entertainment.”

And regarding discussions with Bayona on the film's focus:

“Even though some might say it’s popcorn-y entertainment (top-notch, of course), in our conversation he was very focused on the serious issues of greed as it oftentimes comes up in those movies and the marvels of science and reason and the very fascinating point at which our species finds itself both in real life and in this imaginary world too. I’m very interested in that myself, so I’m looking forward to this.”

Are you excited to see Dr. Malcolm stroll back into the dinosaur dimension when Jurassic World 2 thunders into theaters June 22, 2018?

(Via Coming Soon)