The cast for Jurassic World is coming together nicely, with Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and Nick Robinson all joining the cast recently. Director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has a big job ahead of him, not only to deliver a big time science fiction action movie, but also to successfully reboot the Jurassic Park franchise. We haven’t seen a new addition to the family movie since the lackluster Jurassic Park III in 2001. One of the best ways to win over an audience is casting the new film with loveable and charismatic actors and it looks like Jurassic World might have found its leading man in Guardian of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt.
According to The Wrap, Pratt is being heavily considered for the lead role in Jurassic World. It seems like Universal and Trevorrow are trying to figure out if Pratt could work on the film into a schedule that already includes his TV show Parks and Recreation on NBC. It’s unclear what the role would be, but it appears to be the part that Josh Brolin was rumored to be up for recently. Even if he doesn’t get this, Pratt’s stock continues to rise in Hollywood, and soon he could have both Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy under his belt.
There are a few other names in contention for the part. The New Girl’s Jake Johnson is also in consideration, as is Jason Schwartzman. It seems like they’re going after guys who can also be funny when necessary.
Pratt recently wrapped filming on Guardians, which is due in theaters on August 1, 2014. He plays the leader of a cosmic team of peacekeepers, the half-human/half-alien badass Star-Lord AKA Peter Quill. In the past, Pratt has been the loveable goofball who stole scenes in the movies like Moneyball, The Five-Year Engagement, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Now it appears he’s quickly climbing the food chain. Director James Gunn predicts, “without a doubt Chris Pratt will be the biggest movie star in the world within the next couple of years. There’s no one like him around today who is able to be such a vulnerable, masculine, heroic, and funny hero.”
At the moment, there are no plot details available for the dinosaur adventure, but Jurassic World is rumored to take place at a new theme park, which is fully operational and safe, on Isla Nublar off the coast of Costa Rica, the location of the first Jurassic Park. The new park has become the most popular tourist attraction in the world, but to gain more attendees, they introduce a new aquatic dinosaur that breaks free and wreaks havoc on guests.
Trevorrow co-wrote the script with his writing partner, Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed). Their work is based on Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) original screenplay. Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg will produce after Kathleen Kennedy dropped out to focus her complete attention on Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm.
Jurassic World hits theaters everywhere June 12, 2015, in IMAX and 3D.