If you caught Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this weekend — and a $146 million domestic opening suggests that you did — then surely you noticed a cameo appearance from Jeff Goldblum‘s new Marvel character The Grandmaster, who dances briefly over the end credits. If anyone has a reason to be dancing these days, it’s him, because at the age of 64, everything is coming up Goldblum. Allow me to explain.
In early April, Disney released a trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, which gave us our first look at The Grandmaster. To say Marvel fans were excited to have the ever-eccentric Goldblum in the MCU would be an understatement.
Several weeks later, Fox Searchlight released a poster for Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion animation project Isle of Dogs, which confirmed that Goldblum would lend his recognizable voice to one of the characters after previously working with the director on The Life Aquatic and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Several weeks later, the news broke that Goldblum will be reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park in the untitled Jurassic World sequel due out next summer. The internet was postiively delighted by this news, as it should be.
And just one week later came word that Goldblum and Danny DeVito would star in an untitled Amazon comedy series about an estranged but iconic music duo who are forced to reunite. Now that’s an inspired pairing working with a juicy premise if I’ve ever seen one.
It seems we are truly living in the midst of The Goldblumaissance… and it’s only going to continue, as Goldblum has signed on to join Jodie Foster in the futuristic thriller HOTEL ARTEMIS, which marks the directorial debut of Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce.
The Guardians‘ own Dave Bautista and The Mummy‘s Sofia Boutella will co-star in the film, which will see Foster play a character known as The Nurse. Plot details remain under wraps and Goldblum’s character is still a mystery, but clearly this project shows a lot of promise.
Pearce will direct from his own screenplay as well as executive produce the film, which is being financed by The Ink Factory. Its principals Simon and Stephen Cornwell will produce Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions.
Now, the way I learned this information is kind of a funny story. I was at the Rockwell in Los Feliz on Wednesday night to see Goldblum and his delightful jazz band do their wildly entertaining weekly show. About a half-hour before showtime, Goldblum took the stage to warm up the crowd, and he apparently does this each week by playing the Movie Game.
You know the Movie Game. It’s where one person says the name of an actor (or a movie) and the other person says the name of a movie that actor was in (or an actor in that movie). Like hundreds of other people, I thought I invented the Movie Game since I can’t remember who taught it to me, so I was pretty psyched about the chance to play it with Jeff Goldblum. Maybe a little too excited, but who am I to say?
So anyway, I actually manage to kick things off with a Jeff Goldblum movie, since I’ve pretty much been clued into the fact that (Spoiler Alert!) this Movie Game almost always ends with Jeff Goldblum. So I yell out Hideaway, and the game goes from there. Eventually, it leads to Jodie Foster — or maybe it was just a tangent about The Silence of the Lambs stemming from an Anthony Hopkins/Jonathan Demme mention… doesn’t matter — and Goldblum says he just agreed to do a movie with Foster. And this is obviously a cool pairing, so everyone cheers, and we move on.
But unlike everybody else in the crowd (though one person looked just like THR’s Borys Kit), I’m a film reporter, so I made a little mental note of this. And sure enough, I did a little iPhone research to learn that the only thing Foster seems to be preparing to act in right now is Hotel Artemis, which is currently casting.
So at the end of the show, when Goldblum posed for photos with fans (something he genuinely seems to enjoy as much as them… and if it’s all an act, consider it even more impressive), I asked him if he was referring to Hotel Artemis, and he confirmed he was indeed.
So rather than give you a boring-ass press release that most trades would post, I decided to write my Wednesday night tell-all. I’d never give up a source, but Goldblum said he would be working with Foster in public to a room full of people, and it was hard not to put 2 + 2 together. So producers, please don’t be mad at Jeff Goldblum! I mean, how can anyone be mad at Jeff Goldblum? Just look at him. The man is a living legend!
His credits include Jurassic Park, Annie Hall, The Big Chill, The Right Stuff, Nashville, Independence Day, The Grand Budapest Hotel (which earned him his first and somehow only SAG Award nomination) and the body horror classic The Fly, which will soon be remade once again by 20th Century Fox. Am I out of line to suggest that Jeff Goldblum has one of the most impressive filmographies of all-time? Most actors are lucky to be a part of one great movie, let alone all of those.
Who knows, maybe Hotel Artemis will be the next film on that list. Either way, it’s a good time to be Jeff Goldblum… and to represent him. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker (you read that right, look it up!) is repped by ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment and attorney Katherine K. McClure. And if you haven’t seen him in action, you should definitely check out his show at Rockwell. The man knows how to deliver a memorable evening, that’s for sure.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief