Jeff Goldblum, the wonderfully eccentric and talented actor, famous for starring in ‘90s blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” and “Independence Day,” has been cast as the Grandmaster in “Thor: Ragnarok,” as per Marvel.com. This means we are hopefully getting more of his signature funny facial expressions, like the one in the still above.
This is great news for the multitude of Goldblum’s fans. The actor has a quirky, unpredictable and funky style of acting. His acting prowess and great comic timing elevates any movie he is in. His casting as the Grandmaster in “Thor: Ragnarok” is perfect because the Marvel character, an ancient alien, the last of his kind, is also an eccentric old guy, like Jeff Goldblum.
The other new additions to “Thor: Ragnarok” are Cate Blanchett as the villain Hela, Tessa Thompson as the hero Valkyrie and Karl Urban as Asgardian supervillain Skurge. Mark Ruffalo is also returning as Bruce Banner/The Hulk beside Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. Also returning are Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
In the Marvel comics, the Grandmaster (En Dwi Gast) is one of the ageless Elders of the Universe. The character was first featured in “The Avengers” issue 69 (1969). He is the survivor of an intelligent race of beings who became extinct. True, they don’t make actors like Jeff Goldblum anymore.
The Grandmaster has the ability to travel through time and through various dimensions. The character is an eccentric one, though definitely not as much as Goldblum himself.
Grandmaster has studied many civilisations and loves to invent his own games, contests and tournaments which involve high stakes of cosmic proportions. He has also used and manipulated superheroes, including the Avengers.
The character seems pretty important in the scheme of things and Marvel executives probably plan on keeping the character involved in the MCU for some time. This is especially because the elders have been involved in a fight with Thanos, in the comics. So, we may see Goldblum in “Avengers: Infinity War” movies and beyond.
It is interesting that Jeff Goldblum, who played Dr. Ian Malcolm in “Jurassic Park” and its sequel, will be working with Taika Waititi, who recently directed the Sundance hit comedy “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” which starred Sam Neill, who played Dr. Alan Grant in the first and third “Jurassic Park” films.
Is it a sign from Valhalla, that the two actors may possibly reprise their iconic characters in a “Jurassic World” sequel? Goldblum has said told Fandango that he is open to returning as Malcolm once again, while Neill hasn’t said anything. One can still hope though.
Jeff Goldblum is also reprising his Julius Levinson character in “Independence Day: Resurgence” which opens in the United States on June 24.
Now all we need is his famous laugh in “Thor: Ragnarok” and all will be well.