While most directors prefer to keep the plot details of their summer blockbusters under lock and key, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has been surprisingly frank and forthcoming about his upcoming installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. After JoBlo caught wind of plot details surrounding the film, which had been up until now, cloaked in secrecy, Trevorrow decided to buck the usual trend of denying rumors and confirmed much of the leaked information in an interview with Slashfilm. In the interview, Trevorrow dished about many of the leaked plot details of the film, clarifying and correcting some of the more worrisome rumors, and expressing his desire to really surprise audiences with the film: "Last week was discouraging for everyone on our crew — not because we want to hide things from the fans, but because we’re working so hard to create something full of surprises." So how do we feel about the final announcements? We've broken down and assessed all the confirmed information from the interview.
CHRIS PRATT: DINOSAUR SCIENTIST
After launching into space in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt will spend Summer 2015 in Jurassic World as a scientist studying the behavior of raptors, but Trevorrow urges that these raptors won't be doing tricks. “He’s just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings.” Pratt is quickly becoming quite the diverse performer, and he has the right amount of goofball charm to work as an over-eager researcher — the kind that had dinosaur posters splattered all over his childhood bedroom. We're on board with this one.
Rating: Four shirtless Jeff Goldblums
THE PARK IS BASICALLY SEAWORLD WITH DINOSAURS
If your first you don't succeed (and your dinosaurs eat a whole bunch of people), try, try again. Jurassic World will feature a fully-realized and functional theme park on Isla Nublar with all the creature comforts: luxury resorts, restaurants, raptors, a golf course, night life, more raptors, basically everything John Hammond ever wanted for his original park. And like every SeaWorld vacation, eventually things go south. Damn humanity and our hubris! The idea of yet another iteration of Jurassic Park collapsing into chaos does seem a little trite, there are some fun twists here to shake up the formula.
Rating: Three stubby T-Rex arms
...AND, LIKE SEAWORLD, PEOPLE ARE OVER IT
The kids in Jurassic World just aren't impressed by the towering prehistoric creatures, already way spoiled by a steady diet of SFX dinosaurs over the years. So what's the only way to impress their young, CGI-addled brains? well, bigger dinosaurs of course. This could definitely be a fun bit of meta commentary for a franchise that first delighted fans with pre-historic action, but lost steam once it started valuing spectacle over character. Definitely great news.
Rating: Five "clever girrrl"s
BIGGER, BADDER DINOS, BUT NO MUTANT FREAKS
The original rumors reported that the new film will include a new genetically modified dinosaur spliced with DNA from other animals, like snakes and cuttlefish. It turns out that the rumor was only partly true. Trevorrow says that in order to shake things up and jog some interest back into disinterested park patrons, the geneticists at Jurassic World get a corporate mandate to create a bigger, louder, and more ferocious dinosaur. While this dinosaur will likely dwarf the creatures of old, the director doesn't want you to think of them as "mutant freaks." Trevorrow assures us, "It doesn’t have a snake’s head or octopus tentacles. It’s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level. For me, it’s a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film." Despite Trevorrow's assurances, a genetically modified dinosaur does sound like the film is drifting away from the spirit that made the original film great. We'll have to wait and see about this one.
Rating: Two doorknob-turning raptors
NO FRIENDLY DINOSAURS
An earlier rumor suggested that there would be a ton of dinosaur vs. dinosaur action, and that some of the dinosaurs would be fighting to protect humans thanks to some training via Pratt's character. However (and thankfully), Trevorrow amends that rumor. "There’s no such thing as good or bad dinosaurs. There are predators and prey. The T-Rex in Jurassic Park took human lives, and saved them. No one interpreted her as good or bad. This film is about our relationship with animals, how we react to the threat they pose to our dominance on earth as a species." We definitely think creating "hero" and "villain" dinosaurs would have been a terrible move. Cheers to morally ambiguous lizards.
Rating: Five stolen dino embryos
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Unlike many of the other reboots, remakes, and sequels that will be hitting theaters over the next few years (and, let’s be real, the next few decades), Jurassic World has some serious promise. Dinosaurs, Chris Pratt, and a new sci-fi amusement park? Yeah, this is going to be good.
But, first off, let’s go back to why the first film was so great. Jurassic Park deals with a very simple concept, as Jeff Goldblum put it so perfectly in the original film: life finds a way. Jurassic Park is about humans versus nature — the nature of dinosaurs and the nature of evolution. It’s a concept that, though it may be present in science fiction, is often overshadowed by the struggle between humans and technology (which we’ll see in the upcoming Terminator Genesis). However, it’s more interesting to see humans fight against something as uncontrollable as nature and evolution — things that are bigger and older than the human race.
Speaking of things older than humans: dinosaurs. Everyone who will go see Jurassic World can probably remember the first time they saw Jurassic Park. Or, at least, they can remember the wonder of seeing such lifelike dinosaurs on screen. (Yes, now we know the raptors in the film are inaccurate depictions, but they were spot on illustrations of what science believed of the species at the time.) There’s something different — and awesome — about watching a movie with creatures that once existed and don’t anymore, than seeing machines or other technologies that never have (even if they could very soon).
However, the most exciting aspect of Jurassic World is the actual theme park, which can be seen in concept art released a couple months ago. In Jurassic Park, the park hadn’t opened yet before the dinosaurs broke free and wreaked havoc. Then, in the follow up films the island on which the park was set had already been overridden by dinosaurs. If Jurassic World takes place in a fully-operational amusement park that’s open for business, the film could tap into a completely unexplored aspect of the original story: what would happen if Jurassic Park had been open when the dinosaurs got loose?
Though writer and director Colin Trevorrow has kept plot details under wraps, we do know the movie will pick up in real time — 20 years after the events of original film — and they’ll be returning to the island. Plus, they’re throwing in aquatic dinosaurs so, if nothing else, we’ll get to see how the heroes of the movie deal with prehistoric killing machines on land, in the air, and in the water. Since the new film seems to be upping the ante on a classic and cool concept, we have high hopes it’ll be awesome.
Not content with a role in just one major franchise, French star Omar Sy has decided to follow up playing Bishop in X-Men: Days of Future Past with a part in the upcoming Jurassic World. The actor revealed the news himself on Friday via his Twitter account, where he shared his excitement about signing on to the franchise in both French and English, and the film's director, Colin Trevorrow, used his own account to confirm that Sy was joining the cast. Since the plot of the film is still a secret, it hasn't yet been revealed what kind of a role Sy will play, although he will join as cast that includes Chris Pratt, Jake Johnson, Idris Elba, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Of course, as exciting as Sy's casting is, the one thing we really want to know more about is the dinosaurs. They're the real stars of the Jurassic Park franchise, whether they're grazing peacefully in the fields or tearing people to shreds in a graphic, bloody death. So, we decided to combine this news with our overwhelming love of dinosaurs in order to determine which dinosaur each member of the Jurassic World cast would be, based on appearance, personality, and the general vibe that both the actor and dinosaur give off. You're welcome.
Omar Sy - Triceratops
Omar Sy is many things. He can be a friendly caretaker in a film like The Intouchables, but then he can be a dangerous mutant like in the upcoming X-Men Days of Future Past. The only dinosaur that's as versatile is probably the classic triceratops. One minute he’s chomping on some grass, and the next, he’s impaling you with a horn.
Jake Johnson – Protoceratops
Despite his celebrity status, Jake Johnson seems like a nice, laid-back kind of guy. The perfect celebrity to have a beer with (or play True American). And therefore he needs a nice, laid-back kind of dinosaur. Specifically, the protoceratops, who, with his giant head and lazy lifestyle (he's only active for short periods of time) is basically the Nick Miller of dinosaurs. Plus, that horn probably makes it easy to pop open a cold one.
Bryce Dallas Howard - Pachycephalosaurus
Bryce Dallas Howard is a pretty classy lady, so we found the fanciest dinosaur we could, and there’s something about that sloping horn on the Pachycephalosaurus’ head that reminds us of the redheaded debutante.
Vincent D’Onofrio – Dilophosuarus
Vincent D’Onofrio specializes in creepy and terrifying characters, so it makes perfect sense to match him up with one of the creepiest dinosaurs in history: the dilophosuarus. In Jurassic Park, they were the poison spitting dinos that attacked Wayne Knight, and even though science doesn’t support their ability to produce venom in real life, they’re still one of the creepiest things we've ever seen. Besides, if anyone could figure out how to spit poison at people, it’s D’Onofrio.
B.D. Wong - Petrie The only Jurassic Park cast member to return for the third installment, B.D. Wong deserves a dinosaur that's just as iconic as he is. Since he's smart, good-hearted and seems like the kind of guy who would always be there to help you out, Wong's perfect match is Petrie from The Land Before Time. Plus, he played a psychologist on Law and Order, which means he's just the guy to help Petrie deal with all of his anxieties.
Irrfan Khan - Ankylosaurus
The ankylosaurus is sort of prickly looking on the outside, and yet sort of friendly looking when you gaze past all of those spikes. That’s basically every character Irrfan Khan has ever played in a nutshell.
Chris Pratt – Pacycephalosaurus
Chris Pratt is quickly establishing himself as the next big action hero, but he’s also a gigantic goofball, which makes the dopey-looking, horn-headed pacycephalosuarus perfect for him, as its tough physique doesn’t stop it’s spiny head from looking pretty stupid. And since it has one of the toughest dinosaur skulls ever discovered, it should be able to withstand plenty of head butts and prat falls.
Idris Elba - Tyrannosaurus Rex
Just like a T-Rex, Idris Elba is both sexy and dangerous. He was the king of Baltimore so it’s only natural that he’d be the mightiest thing walking Jurassic Park.
The new Jurassic Park movie will feature a blast from the past - B.D. Wong will be back for the sequel. Wong portrayed scientist Dr. Henry Wu in the first film and now Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed the actor will return to Hawaii for his new movie, which has just started shooting.
The filmmaker tells IGN, "I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They're iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn't about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they'd go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go.
"But there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. This hasn't been announced yet, but B.D. Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction... We think there's more to his story."
Wong will join Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in the film, which is set 22 years after Jurassic Park. The sequel is scheduled to hit cinemas next year (Jun15).
Actor Vincent D'onofrio is set to take on a villainous role in the upcoming fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise. The Men in Black star has been cast opposite Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who will play the lead roles in the new film, according to Deadline.com.
Indian star Irrfan Khan has also joined the movie, but details about his role have not been released.
Colin Trevorrow is directing the long-awaited reboot, which is set to hit theatres in June, 2015.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have been confirmed as the leads for the upcoming fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise. The Spider-Man 3 actress has long been attached to a leading role, and now her part has been confirmed thanks to her director father, Ron Howard.
The actor/filmmaker snapped a photo of his daughter and the Zero Dark Thirty star meeting for the first time at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (12Jan14) night, and posted the shot online with the caption: "Bryce and Chris meet for the 1st time on red carpet they will be co-stars in next Jurassic."
Colin Trevorrow is directing the long-awaited reboot that is set to hit theatres in June, 2015.
"This is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of Jurassic Park." Colin Trevorrow, the director of Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, opens up his new film.
Chris Pratt is on a roll (and not into another pit a la his character Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation). According to The Wrap, Universal is eyeing Pratt for the leading male role in Jurassic World.
Assuming the actor does end up taking the role (and is able to figure out a filming schedule that would work with Parks and Recreation), he'll appear on screen alongside Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, and possibly the Life of Pi star Irrfan Khan who is also being sought after for the film. Josh Brolin had originally been in talks for the lead role, but a deal was never made.
If Pratt signs on for the Jurassic Park sequel, then the up-and-coming big-name star could add yet another film to his growing list. Pratt, who has already proved his worth on the NBC comedy alongside Amy Poehler, has been quickly building up his "serious" acting credentials in films like Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. Additionally, he is set to star as Peter Quill in Marvel's 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy, voice the lead role in The LEGO Movie, and appear in The Delivery Man and Spike Jonze's Her. From the looks of it, Pratt doesn't plan on being pinned as the loveably dopey Andy forever. (But we still want a Parks and Recreation and Jurassic Park mash-up, because that just seems like it would be magical.)
Jurassic World, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow from the script he co-wrote with Derek Connolly, will hit theaters June 12, 2015.
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Nick Robinson is in talks with Universal for a leading role in Jurassic World, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
18-year-old Robinson recently starred in the drama The Kings of Summer, which follows three boys who build and live in a house in the woods. If Robinson officially signs on, he will be playing the older brother to Ty Simpkins' (Iron Man 3) leading character.
Another actor in talks for the Colin Trevorrow-direct sequel is Bryce Dallas Howard. Additionally, there is rumor that Jake Johnson (New Girl and Drinking Buddies) is also being considered for a role.
Jurassic World is expected to hit theaters June 12, 2015. Robinson can currently be seen on the ABC Family series Melissa and Joey.
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to join the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, according to a U.S. report. The Spider-Man 3 star was previously rumoured to be up for one of the lead roles in Jurassic World before production shut down and relaunched earlier this year (13), according to TheWrap.com.
If cast, Howard will be the first big name to join the long-awaited reboot.
Colin Trevorrow is directing the film that is set to hit theatres in June, 2015.