Thor: Ragnarok‘s casting thus far has been a treat to the fans, having included newcomer fan favorites like Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings, Dredd, Star Trek Beyond), Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, The Aviator, Babel), and of course, Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day, The Fly); also returning will be Chris Hemsworth (Thor himself, of course), Mark Ruffalo (as Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk) and Tom Hiddleston (as beloved villain Loki). Recently, another actor let slip that he spent some time on the set film’s Australian set, and it’s setting up a nice reunion.
The film’s director, Taika Waititi, also directed the film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which has to Video On Demand. The film’s star, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Event Horizon) was speaking about his film when he revealed in the interview that he has also spent time on the set of the third Thor film; due to the short amount of time there, we can assume his role will amount to an extended cameo, but he did take time to mention (rather jokingly) that he was already under contract by Marvel not to speak on the production.
“Oddly enough, I’m not really allowed to say this, and I can’t tell you what it is… I did a couple of days on Thor, just before I came over here. I had to sign all sorts of things that say if I say anything else, Marvel’s Secret Agents, and they are lethal, will come and get me, and probably my children as well.”
It’s worth noting that both Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum were lead actors in the Jurassic Park franchise, having both appeared as leads in the first film (Goldblum would star in the sequel The Lost World, and Neill would star again in Jurassic Park III; the first remains the only franchise film with both). Having been asked if he would return to the franchise after the revival in Jurassic World, Neill claims his character Dr. Grant is retired from paleontology because he is ‘sick to death of dinosaurs and running’.
It’s unknown if Goldblum and Neill will share any scenes together in Thor: Ragnarok, but it will be nice for fans to see them together in the same film again for the first time since 1993. The film is set to release next year on July 5.