Jeff Goldblum will once again be facing off against dinosaurs in the upcoming sci-fi epic Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom -- but could fans be getting a surprise cameo from Goldblum's original Jurassic Park co-star, Laura Dern?
ET's Carly Steel spoke with the beloved 65-year-old actor at a screening Isle of Dogs -- his latest collaboration with celebrated director Wes Anderson -- at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on March 20, and he opened up about rumors that Dern could be reprising her role as paleobotanist Ellie Sattler in the upcoming Fallen Kingdom.
"I don't want to pass on gossip like my character," Goldblum said, referring to his role in Jurassic Park as the silver-tongued scientist, Dr. Ian Malcolm. "But it would be good news to me and to everyone, [to] millions and billions of people all over the world… all over the universe and cosmos when Ellie Sattler returns."
Goldblum went on to praise Dern -- with whom he formed a brief romantic connection following their time on the set of Steven Spielberg's dino-packed action-adventure -- for being "a very powerful, brilliant woman," two characteristics he says she shares with her iconic character.
ET caught up with Dern in December at the premiere of Downsizing, and the 51-year-old Golden Globe winner hinted that she would love the chance to return to the blockbuster franchise.
"[It] could be fun," she teased. "I mean, I love Ellie Sattler."
Dern praised the character, sharing, "She's a tough feminist! We need her back."
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, directed by J. A. Bayona and penned by Colin Trevorrow, who co-wrote and directed the first Jurassic World, alongside returning co-writer Derek Connolly -- is set to stampede into theaters on June 22.
Before Goldblum returns to theaters as Ian Malcolm, he will first be heard as the voice of Duke the dog in Anderson's long-awaited stop-motion animated comedy Isle of Dogs.
Goldblum -- who has worked with Anderson twice before on The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou in 2004 and The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014 -- said the critically lauded auteur is "a genius, of course, and a delightful person and great to work with."
"He's an actor's director and I love playing with him and making stuff up," Goldblum shared "If you liked [Anderson's 2009 animated film] Fantastic Mr. Fox, this is pioneering some very new territory. He got a band of brilliant artists and the cast members for this… and I believe that this movie will take its place in the important continuum of cinema throughout the decades. I think it's a monumentally beautiful movie."
Isle of Dogs -- also starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Angelica Huston and Tilda Swinton, among a score of other celebrated performers -- opens in theaters in limited release on March 23, before expanding nationwide on April 6.
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