Jurassic World stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt were confirmed for the Jurassic World sequel when Universal made the official sequel announcement back in July of 2015. Very little information since has been revealed about the rest of the cast with the exception of auditions for a mysterious role named “Lucy” and Variety’s report of Toby Jones and Rafe Spall being in talks. But now Producer Frank Marshall hints via an interview with Cinema Blend that B.D. Wong, who played Dr. Henry Wu in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World could be returning.
When Cinema Blend asked Frank Marshall about the possibility of the character of Dr. Wu returning in the upcoming sequel, he had this to say:
“When they take off in helicopters, you know they’re probably going to come back.”
Does this mean B.D. Wong will definitely reprise his role as Dr. Wu? We will just have to wait and see but this does seem to be a strong hint from Frank Marshall that he will. Let us know what you think about Dr. Wu possibly returning in the sequel in the comments below and on our forums.
The Park is Open! Well at least in Philadelphia. Today was the grand opening of Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Exhibition makes its North American debut after spending nearly 7 months at the Melbourne Museum in Australia.
The Exhibition opened today, and will run through April 23, 2017. New to the Exhibition, guests can get an up close experience with Blue the Velociraptor – this Raptor suit and experience were not part of the previous opening in Australia.
“Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life…right before your eyes.
Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest and explore Jurassic World. Stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex.
Created in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. Visitors of all ages can now learn all about these incredible prehistoric creatures.”
Footage from Australia stop, The Exhibition has since been updated & upgraded.
This morning La-La Land Records made an exciting announcement as they, along with Universal Studios, Universal Music Special Markets and Amblin Entertainment will be releasing The John Williams Jurassic Park Collection – Limited Edition.
The 4-CD set will contain score tracks from the the hit original 1993 film Jurassic Park and the 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park. There will only be a limited edition amount of 5,000 units with a retail price of $59.98.
“La-La Land Records, Universal Studios, Universal Music Special Markets and Amblin Entertainment present THE JOHN WILLIAMS JURASSIC PARK COLLECTION, a special limited edition 4-CD set featuring newly remastered and expanded reissues of maestro John Williams’ (JAWS, STAR WARS, SCHINDLER’S LIST) original motion picture scores to the 1993 blockbuster JURASSIC PARK and its 1997 follow-up THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, both directed by Steven Spielberg. Williams’ monumental JURASSIC PARK scores are integral to the franchise’s worldwide phenomenon. Teeming with action, drama, humor and heart, they rank among the celebrated composer’s most accomplished works. This deluxe edition, meticulously produced, edited and mastered by Mike Matessino, in consultation with the composer, director and producers, finally showcases these master works in a worthy, definitive presentation, with additional music never before released. The set’s 56-page booklet features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by Matessino and elegant art design, packed with amazing images, by Jim Titus. This is a limited edition of 5000 units. Life indeed “finds a way,” and these indelible Williams scores make the journey a thrillingly wonderful trip!”
Jurassic World, the fourth Jurassic Park film, was a fresh start for the franchise in a lot ways. While it certainly had many direct references to the classic film, they did not steal the spotlight, nor require knowledge of predecessors to enjoy the new installment. Featuring a mostly new cast, Jurassic World was the perfect new entry point for audiences.
However, some diehard fans have since lamented the omission of the original cast (other than B.D. Wong’s Dr. Wu who did return), and hoped the upcoming sequel would bring some of them back. While anything that drastic has yet to be confirmed, director J.A. Bayona gave some hope speaking with Cinema Blend:
[CB: will the new movie be more Jurassic World 2 or Jurassic Park 5?]
J.A. Bayona: “That’s a good question! I think somehow it’s both. It’s a very good question, and what we’re doing is a sequel to Jurassic World, but it’s definitely the fifth chapter of a longer saga. It’s very interesting. It’s always tricky, but you need to find a balance in what people expect to find, and the new stuff you’re bringing to the story. And I think the story is looking for a connection between Jurassic World and Jurassic Park — more than what Jurassic World did.”
The news doesn’t stop there! While speaking with Comining Soon J.A. Bayona confirmed the upcoming sequel will begin filming in March 2017 – this aligns with the previous reports we heard of a late February kickoff in Hawaii. Now the question that presides is will we be given the official title and logo before that start date?
As always, stay tuned for the latest news, and sound off in the comments below! Also, if you’re hungry for some more Jurassic discussion, take a listen to our latest InGeneral Podcast episode where we talk about the casting of Toby Jones and Rafe Spall!
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, up and coming actor Glen Powell – who stars in such films as The Great Debaters, The Expendables 3 and The Dark Knight Rises – revealed that he once auditioned for a Jurassic Park movie, long before it was Jurassic World.
Worst audition: “I auditioned for a new Jurassic Park years ago, way before it was Jurassic World. And there was an improv section where I was being attacked by a Pterodactylus.”
While we don’t know when this was, it’s likely that it was around 2004, when the studio was preparing for the John Sayles script to head into production. This is speculation of course, but through various sources we know that this script reached the point of Hasbro designing the toyline, and now we can assume that it also reached the casting stages.
If you haven’t already, check out the 2004 John Sayles script for Jurassic Park 4 which is available for download here. The script opens with a little league game being attacked by Pternosaurs, which could relate to the audition scene that Glen described.
We have reached out to Glen Powell for more information!
Casting for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel is now in full swing, with British actors Toby Jones and Raff Spall being announced as joining the production only two days ago. With the movie set to be “scene locating” this month in Hawaii, it’s no surprise that even more casting news is now hitting.
In a recent interview with Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, The Hollywood Reporter asked who he is dying to work with, which led to a Jurassic World 2 question:
Who are you dying to work with? [Leonardo] DiCaprio, [Martin] Scorsese, [Quentin] Tarantino, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington. Alejandro Inarritu. I want to work with Bayona again. I keep emailing my agent about it. Even the smallest role, I’ll do it.
Jurassic World, perhaps? I don’t know if I’m available for that. We had a chat one time. There is a role there, but I don’t think I’ll be available to do it, unfortunately.
Tom Holland previously worked with director J.A. Bayona on the 2012 movie The Impossible, so it’s no surprise that Bayona has been in talks with Tom Holland, especially considering the latest role that the producers are currently casting for. As we previouslyreported, auditions are currently being held for the roles of ‘Lucy’ and ‘Clint’.
Clint is described as a twenty something male technician with a certain apathetic sense of ‘unsure of himself and the situation he is in’.
Based on that description, I think it’s fair to say that Tom Holland would have been in talks for the role of Clint, working alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Now that we know Tom Holland is out, who would you cast? Let us know in the comments section below!
Keep checking The Outpost for more casting news as it comes out, and in case you missed it, a mobile-friendly version of our website is now available for phones and tablets!
The much anticipated moment has begun: Jurassic World 2 has officially started adding members to its cast, reports Variety. We know the highly anticipated Jurassic Park sequel has been holding an open casting call for the role of ‘Lucy’, a 9 year old girl, but now new players have entered the game. Toby Jones and Rafe Spall will be joining Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in the upcoming dinosaur filled adventure.
You may recognize Toby Jones (pictured left) most recently from Marvels ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ where he repised the role of Dr. Arnim Zola. He also more recently stars in BBC’s ‘Sherlock’, and has been in numerous other films, including playing the iconic voice of Dobby the House Elf in the Harry Potter series. At this time there is no indication of what role he may be playing, though his character is suspected to be named ‘Wheaton’.
Rafe Spall is perhaps best known for his role of Millburn in ‘Prometheus’, the Ridley Scott directed Alien prequel. He also has started in numerous films including ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘The Life of Pi’ (the latter happened to star Irrfan Khan, AKA Simon Masrani). Much like Jones, no details are available about what role he may be playing other than the name ‘Mills’.
Variety reports that Jurassic World 2 producers are currently in the process of casting two other roles as well. We believe one to be the aforementioned Lucy, while the other to be the role of ‘Clint’ – a 20 something male technician with a certain apathetic sense of ‘unsure of himself, and the situation he is in energy’. Clint is expected to co-star alongside Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in a supporting role who really isn’t happy about being potential dino-food, but empathizes with the animals none the less.
I think both Rafe and Toby will be fantastic additions to the Jurassic Park franchise, and I am eagerly anticipating news on who may land the role of Clint. As always, stay tuned for the latest news, and sound off in the comments below!
As all living things do with time, the Jurassic World website has continued to evolve – this time adding sections for ‘Community’, ‘Films’, and perhaps most excitingly: ‘Intel’. Finally, JurassicWorld.com houses the entire Jurassic Park franchise, and not just the movie of the same name. Intel being the most feature rich addition has pages for each major character, actor, and dinosaur* (*more on this later in the article) – and some of these pages showcase awesome new images from the past.
Intriguingly, the section for the ‘Exhibition’ has been changed to ‘Events’, although it still only houses information about Jurassic World the Exhibition. This does seem to imply that other events are planned, though have yet to be announced. Another new addition is a Snapchat icon, so expect more from JurassicSnaps in the future – I know I’d like to see some fun Jurassic themed filters in conjunction! Also of note: the Jurassic Park facebook page has been folded into the Jurassic World facebook page, and the link for JP’s now defunct page has been removed. This is continued indication that the ‘Jurassic World’ branding will house the franchise moving forward for the time being.
While the website doesn’t add much new material for the connoisseurs of canon, for the first time in the film franchise, ‘BioSyn’ is mentioned by name. Readers of the books know BioSyn as the company that hired Dennis Nedry to smuggle embryos off the islands. However, the films never acknowledge or confirm that Dodgson actually represents the nefarious company in question – that is until now! Dennis Nedry’s intel page directly confirms they do exist in the film universe as well. Fingers crossed they make an appearance in Jurassic World 2!
If you’re like me, one of the first thing you’re probably doing is sleuthing through the website and looking for unintentional hints of what’s to come. While I didn’t find much (I’m admittedly not a pro at dissecting websites at that level), I did find something cool buried inside: a countdown timer. Now, before you freak out and think Jurassic World 2 news is inbound – the timer is placeholder and counting UP, not down. Still cool to see something is planned eventually!
I’ve got to say, the website is incredibly slick and features all the right types of pages with ample room to grow from. Whomever designed this certainly deserves some praise, and it’s great to finally see a site visually worthy of the franchise it’s attached to. However – and this is a larger however – the content on the individual pages could use a lot of work. Many of the facts are awkward, some of the bios are missing outright, and the amount of content per ‘intel’ page is severely lacking. Most potently, the dinosaur pages are riddled with errors (and many species are completely MIA).
No, Apatosaurus wasn’t in The Lost World – the sauropod seen in that movie was Mamenchisaurus (which is lacking a page) – and for some reason the Apatosaurus page shows an image of a Brachiosaurus (also missing a page). Further: Pachycephalosaurus was not featured only in Jurassic Park – it wasn’t even in Jurassic Park! But as a reader, I’m sure you already know that (if you don’t, they appear in both The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic World). Strangely, another key missing player is JP3’s Spinosaurus – though for unknown reasons the Suchomimus is listed as being in Jurassic Park 3; it wasn’t. The list could go on and on, so I’ll end it there for now (perhaps the update went live too soon?), but Universal: if you need help generating and fact checking content (or more), just give us an email!
Now that I got that out of the way, I want to close off on some more of the many positives. While the information on the intel pages need some work, let’s talk about how cool some of those featured pictures are! Although nothing unknown is outright revealed, many of the photos are completely new to the web. One cool shot is an HD picture of Udesky holding a stick – this was from a never released deleted Jurassic Park 3 scene where he fights off the Velociraptors before being killed. Check out some of our favorite images below, or hit the intel section to explore yourself!
Honestly, I cannot wait to see where this all leads. I hope the website continues to evolve, and becomes something as feature rich as Starwars.com or Halowaypoint.com. While it will take some time to get there, they’re on the right path now and I’m optimistic about the future. Hopefully the franchise begins to get an expanded universe, and the website can serve as a point of reference/encyclopedia of sorts. It will also be quite interesting to see what the ‘community’ section evolves into – personal interests aside, I know I would love to see more interaction with the fanbase and I believe it could really turn into something special.
As always, stay tuned for the latest news and be sure to sound off in the comments below!