It looks like Chris Pratt might be starring in another summer blockbuster. About a month ago, the Guardians of the Galaxy actor was rumored to be up for the lead role in Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. While Pratt has yet to seal the deal, the 34-year-old actor has confirmed he is in final negotiations for the dinosaur movie.
In an interview with Australian news outlet News.com.au, Chris Pratt opened up about Jurassic World. Not only does Pratt want to appear in the new film, director Colin Trevorrow wants to make it happen too. “I know I want to do it and I know the director (Colin Trevorrow) wants me to do it,” reveals Pratt. “So now it’s just a matter of everyone coming together and making sure it can work.”
Chris Pratt later admitted that he wouldn’t have been in contention for the Jurassic World leading role if he hasn’t lost more than 60 pounds for Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt was still on the heavy side when he met director James Gunn for the first time, and had to lose a considerable amount of weight if he wanted to star in Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt continued:
‘I am really glad I have lost the weight since so it can be a choice,’ he says. ‘I am now in contention for roles no one would have considered me for before. James Gunn believed I was that guy (Star-Lord) – I just didn’t look like him yet. I was still about 280 pounds. They said: be honest with us. Do you think you can get in shape? I said I know I can.’
Chris Pratt is that rare breed of up-and-coming Hollywood stars who is automatically charismatic as soon as you see him on the big screen. There’s no denying that he has a great on-screen presence, so hopefully that will translate to more leading roles in movies such as the upcoming Jurassic World.
If Pratt were to be cast in the new dinosaur movie, he would join Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and Nick Robinson as the supposed patriarch of the film’s central family. While plot details are scarce, director Colin Trevorrow insists that Jurassic World is not a reboot, but rather a continuation of what came before. Moreover, Jurassic World will take place some 20 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park film.
Trevorrow’s comments line up with rumors that suggest the new film will take place in a fully operational water theme park featuring various aquatic dinosaurs — hence Jurassic World, mirroring the popular SeaWorld marine parks. It is believed that a new aquatic dinosaur is introduced to the park, but soon breaks free and wreaks havoc.
As for Guardians of the Galaxy, actor Bradley Cooper recently praised Chris Pratt’s performance in the Marvel cosmic comic book movie. Cooper said that Pratt’s preformance was “unbelievable!…. Chris Pratt just blew me away, I thought he’s like the perfect guy.” Of course, Bradley Cooper was the last to join the cosmic team of intergalactic peacekeepers. He is voicing Rocket Raccoon, the film’s resident badass and emotional center.
Jurassic World hits theaters everywhere on June 12, 2015, in 3D and IMAX, while Guardians of the Galaxy will open a year earlier on August 1, 2014, in 3D.