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Sam Neill confirmed for Thor 3; explains why he won't be in Jurassic World 2

09.26.2016
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Sam Neill will always have a special place in my childhood. No I don’t mean I had a mini poster of him on my wall from a Tiger Beat magazine, and that I used to kiss the magazine before bed. I mean that along with Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Michael Keaton as Batman, Sam Neill as Alan Grant in JURASSIC PARK was one of the defining heroes of my adolescence. I haven’t seen him in much since, but it looks like he will again grace the world of mega franchises.

During an interview with Shortlist Neill gave a confirmation that he will indeed be joining Thor and friends in next year’s THOR: RAGNAROK:

“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. 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 was a very on-the-DL confirmation (as Marvel has better ears than God), or else it would’ve been had Neill not then taken to Twitter to mention it again:

So yeah, the cat’s outta the bag, now it’s time to speculate what kind of cat Neill will be playing in the new superhero epic. But while you ponder that I have some bad news for you on top of this amazing news, because if there is a God he/she/fish doesn’t want us to ever be happy. Sam Neill, in the same interview, unveiled he will most likely not be in JURASSIC WORLD 2:

“I think the problem is that no one knows where Alan Grant is anymore. He’s retired from paleontology. He’s sick to death of dinosaurs and running. He’s not quite as fleet of foot as he was, and he’s now retired to Dayton, Ohio, and has a very successful accountancy business. I think that’s what’s happened to Alan. Either that or he’s dead.”
“The call hasn’t come. And no one can find Grant. He’s disappeared. Someone found his hat. His hat was floating on the Hudson river, but that was the last ever heard of him.”

Though sad, Neill does pose a realistic scenario for Grant after all the terrible things that happened to him. I mean, here is a guy who just wanted to find some cool dino bones but ended up seeing dozens of folks eaten by a T-Rex. How do you recover from that? Neill asked the same thing:

“How do you recover from all of that stuff? I don’t think therapists are trained to deal with post-dino stuff. No. I don’t think you get over it. Accountancy would be one way.”

As for the THOR news I couldn’t be more psyched. I grew up watching Neill as Grant run from hungry dinosaurs, and I can even trace my love of history and old-school adventuring to him, as well as Ford in INDIANA JONES. I’m just curious to see what his role is, as filming for only 4-5 days hints he won’t have a massive role. Still, the fact that he AND Jeff Goldblum are in this is too much for the kid in me to handle. That being said, when it comes to WORLD 2, I’m pretty disheartened, but maybe we can still hope for Goldblum. And in a way, all you need is a little Goldblum. That, or they could just get some dinosaurs in THOR. Best Picture material right there.

You can see Neill along with Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum and more in THOR: RAGNAROK on November 3, 2017.

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Source: Shortlist

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1:17PM on 09/26/2016
Like Luke 319 said, Goldblum and Neill in the same film is so great. Let's hope they share some screentime and that there is subtle references to JP in the dialogues (Knowing Waititi, I'm pretty sure there will be !).
As for his part, I'm going for a cameo as another one of the Elders, maybe The Gardener...
Like Luke 319 said, Goldblum and Neill in the same film is so great. Let's hope they share some screentime and that there is subtle references to JP in the dialogues (Knowing Waititi, I'm pretty sure there will be !).
As for his part, I'm going for a cameo as another one of the Elders, maybe The Gardener...
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10:17AM on 09/26/2016

Two Thoughts

1. Wouldn't it be cool if all of those "Red Skull" in Thor 3 rumors ended up being true and they recast Neill in the part since Weaving wasn't interested in revisiting the role? I mean, if you're going to replace Weaving then Neill is a pretty natural choice right? Like back when Weaving was cast as Elrond, he was pretty much just the cheaper, less-famous version of Neill.

2. GUYS, YOU REALIZE THIS MEANS THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET GOLDBLUM AND NEILL TOGETHER IN THIS?!
1. Wouldn't it be cool if all of those "Red Skull" in Thor 3 rumors ended up being true and they recast Neill in the part since Weaving wasn't interested in revisiting the role? I mean, if you're going to replace Weaving then Neill is a pretty natural choice right? Like back when Weaving was cast as Elrond, he was pretty much just the cheaper, less-famous version of Neill.

2. GUYS, YOU REALIZE THIS MEANS THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET GOLDBLUM AND NEILL TOGETHER IN THIS?!
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10:45AM on 09/26/2016
Haha, I feel like speculating on who is secretly playing Red Skull is the perennial drinking game of all Marvel preproduction news :P
Haha, I feel like speculating on who is secretly playing Red Skull is the perennial drinking game of all Marvel preproduction news :P
9:50AM on 09/26/2016
Maybe they should put Dr. Grant's cameo in the form of torn hat or torn red scarf.
Maybe they should put Dr. Grant's cameo in the form of torn hat or torn red scarf.
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9:25AM on 09/26/2016
Thor movies are the worst part of the MCU and a few good actors don't change it. Maybe Taika Waititi is the guy who can make a solid Thor flick, but Marvel is not very permissive with creative directors (remember Edgar Wright) so I don't expect much for this one. And yes, I hope he came back from Jurassic World, wich is much more fun than Thor movies.
Thor movies are the worst part of the MCU and a few good actors don't change it. Maybe Taika Waititi is the guy who can make a solid Thor flick, but Marvel is not very permissive with creative directors (remember Edgar Wright) so I don't expect much for this one. And yes, I hope he came back from Jurassic World, wich is much more fun than Thor movies.
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8:24AM on 09/26/2016
I just hope that whoever he is playing, shares the screen with Goldblum's Grandmaster.

And same goes for Jurassic World 2. Would love to see the original trio back for one more ride.
I just hope that whoever he is playing, shares the screen with Goldblum's Grandmaster.

And same goes for Jurassic World 2. Would love to see the original trio back for one more ride.
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