'Jurassic World 2' spoilers, news: Sam Neill explains why Alan Grant will not be appearing in upcoming film

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Production on “Jurassic World 2” is about to start early next year. While Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be reprising their roles in the sequel, there are rumors that some characters from the “Jurassic Park” trilogy will be appearing in the film.

There is speculation that Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill might be reprising their respective roles as mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm and paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant in the film, but Neill recently offered a reason as to why his character might not be in future “Jurassic World” films.

“I think the problem is that no one knows where Alan Grant is anymore,” said Neill to Slashfilm. “He’s retired from paleontology. He’s sick to death of dinosaurs and running.”

He added that since fans last saw Alan, he has disappeared and someone found his hat floating on the Hudson River.

“No one can find Grant. He’s disappeared,” said Neill. “That was the last ever heard of him.”

The actor also gave his take on where he thinks his character is at the moment, and what Alan has been doing after his retirement.

“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,” said Neill. “I think that’s what happened to Alan. Either that or he’s dead.”

Neill also said that “the call hasn’t come” for him to return in “Jurassic World 2.”

The first “Jurassic World” film is set 22 years after the original trilogy, which makes Neill’s theories about his character highly probable. While fans might not get to see him and Goldblum chasing after dinosaurs again, the duo is set to reunite in “Thor: Ragnarok” as it was recently reported that Neill booked a role in the Marvel sequel, while Goldblum has been cast as The Grandmaster.

“Jurassic World 2” is the second installment in a trilogy of films. The film opens in theaters on June 22, 2018.