— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) November 22, 2017
Colin Trevorrow shared the first footage of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom today, and it showcases the film’s use of practical effects as we see Chris Pratt‘s Owen playing with a baby raptor that looks, frankly, incredible. This is a big relief for Jurassic Park fans, many of whom were slightly disillusioned by the expansive CG in the first Jurassic World movie.
Ever since Laura Dern and Sam Neill first stepped foot into the huge plains of Richard Hammond’s Jurassic Park and laid eyes on the huge genetically modified prehistoric creatures created by InGen, the world has been hooked on what became arguably the biggest monster franchise this side of Godzilla. In 2015, the series was brought back to life like so many monsters before it with Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. The sequel quickly broke opening weekend records and although reviews were mixed, one thing was for sure: Jurassic Park was back in a big way. As the next entry Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom quickly approaches, we’re here to keep an eye out for all the important dinosaur-centric news that will surely be coming our way in the lead up to the movie’s June 22, 2018 release date. So get your best gene splicin’ and dino wrasslin’ gear on because we’re going in!
WHERE WE ARE & WHAT WE KNOW
The first Jurassic World was set 22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed. A general lack of interest in the giant dinosaur market drove B.D. Wong‘s Henry Wu to create terrifyingly modified dinosaurs like the park’s new star attraction, Indominus Rex. After a *shocking* turn of events the new dinosaur went wild, destroying the new Isla Nublar park and creating chaos, seeing the park’s numerous prehistoric pals laying waste to the attraction. Only after Chris Pratt’s Raptor trainer teamed up with Bryce Dallas Howard‘s badass scientist / ex-GF (of course) to fight the big bad by freeing the franchise’s original T-Rex was the day saved! Though the details for Fallen Kingdom are scarce, we’ve scoured the dark dino web for all the top secret (redacted) Jurassic World info we can.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
The only official description of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom so far is very vague: “Ex-military man Owen Grady encounters terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs.” It does tell us one thing, though–there will be more dinosaurs, and really what more do you want from a Jurassic franchise movie? Leaked set photos of old Jurassic Park vehicles have had fans wondering whether the film will once again return to Isla Nublar or perhaps to one of the other abandoned islands from the earlier movies. The fact that we had Chris Pratt training raptors in last movie and we’ve had raptors confirmed to return in this movie mean we’ll likely see some more human and dino team-ups.
Jurassic World’s director and writer of Fallen Kingdom, Colin Trevorrow, has told fans the film will be a spookier and more suspenseful experience. “It will be more suspenseful and scary. It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set,” Trevorrow told Jurassic Outpost. A true horror x dinosaur movie? Count us in.
Spanish horror director J.A. Bayona is taking the helm on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Bayona is probably most well known for his feature debut, the chilling ghost story The Orphanage. He also directed 2012’s The Impossible and last year’s massively underrated A Monster Calls. From the few glimpses we’ve had, it looks like Bayona’s horror aesthetics are going to make Fallen Kingdoma unique viewing experience.
WHO’S COMING BACK?
Fallen Kingdom will see the return of both Jurassic World leads, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as the mastermind of InGen’s ill advised dinosaur breeding program, B.D. Wong. The character was woefully underused in the original trilogy so we love that he’s back in a big way in these new entries. Henry Wu was last seen sneaking out of a chaos-ridden Jurassic World likely with some very important DNA, so his whereabouts are likely going to be integral to Fallen Kingdom.
WHO ARE JURASSIC WORLD’S NEW RECRUITS?
DON’T PANIC! IT’S ONLY THE WORLD’S SEXIEST MATHEMATICIAN! Yup, Jeff Goldblum is coming back to the world of the Jurassic. After his scene stealing turn in the original Jurassic Park movie and leading the sequel, everyone’s favorite Jeff is returning after two decades to save the world and our ever-beating hearts. He’ll be reprising his role as science-god rockstar Ian Malcolm, a chaos mathematician who foresaw the downfall of InGen’s science experiment long before the rest of the visitors.
Another new face is Toby Jones, a British actor who’s an indie staple. His role has yet to be announced, but he does have a background in horror–including great movies like the unmissable Berberian Sound System–just like Jurassic World’s director J.A. Bayona. You might also recognize him as Armin Zola from the Captain America movies. Toby Jones’ addition brings a new level of serious thespian credit to the cast.
Hollywood legend and badass activist James Cromwell will also be entering the park, playing John Hammond’s old partner, Benjamin Lockwood. In a recent interview with Larry King, Cromwell revealed more about his role in the film: “We developed the technology of being able to clone the genes. And so I’m trying to deal with the blowback from what we have done.” Cromwell will undoubtably be a stellar competent of this eclectic and unexpected cast.
Another big get for Fallen Kingdom is breakout The Get Down star, Justice Smith! The young star is rumored to be playing a young scientist, but as with all of the details of the movie thus far, the intricacies of his role are being kept a secret. Will he be a researcher at the new park? Will he be working for Henry Wu? We’ll keep you updated as and when we find out more.
Jurassic World is obviously undergoing a British invasion, as they also recently announced Rafe Spall. You’ll most likely know him from Charlie Brooker’s hit sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror. Spall has also starred in Life of Pi, Prometheus, and cult classic horror comedy Shaun of the Dead. Spall is an absolute unabashed talent who’s another intriguing addition to the cast.
The Original’s Danielle Pineda joined the cast of Jurassic World earlier this year as an unnamed “female lead.” She’s proven herself a force to be reckoned with on the Vampire Diaries hit spin-off and TBS’ The Detour. So here’s to hoping they give her a meaty role rather than another love interest for Chris Pratt.
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