While Jeff Goldblum is getting ready to reprise his role in Jurassic World 2, the actor will make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe later this year as Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok directed by Taika Waititi.
Grandmaster himself — one of the Elders of the Universe — is a cosmic game player in pursuit of amusement but Goldblum and Waititi have collaborated to create a unique interpretation of the character. In addition to opting for a human appearance as opposed to the blue skin from the comics, Goldblum revealed in a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly that the director had him improvise in a way that wasn’t “comic-y”:
“What I particularly loved is the director, Taika Waititi. He really got me involved in this because I’m a fan of his, from Flight of the Conchords and all his movies, not only Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy but especially What We Do In the Shadows. When we first talked, he said, ‘I want you to do your particular version of this character without being comic-y or grandiloquent. I think you should do something that’s in your creative family tree. And also improvise.’ He was very interested in improvisation. We came to all those scenes and riffed enjoyably for the time we had. I don’t know what’s gonna come out in the mix because we gave him a whole bunch of different choices, I’ll tell you that. He’s great. Taika Waititi gets 10 Goldblums out of a possible 10 Goldblums.”
Goldblum also dished on his co-stars, praising the talent while revealing he and Cate Blanchett who plays Hela — the Asgardian goddess of Death — unfortunately do not share any scenes together in the upcoming film:
“I enjoyed it. I didn’t have scenes with Cate Blanchett, but she was in The Life Aquatic, of course, so we’d been in touch, and I’ve seen her since. I just adore her, so it was great to be in another movie with her, even just by association. The other Hemsworth brother, that now makes two for me, and he couldn’t have been sweeter or more down-to-earth, like the whole family.”
The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, and Jeff Goldblum.
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.