Chris Pratt faced off with a fair number of weird ass creatures in Marvel’s space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, which just hit Blu-ray if you’re looking for something to do tonight. Next summer, after he’s done taking care of the beasts in Pawnee, Indiana on Parks and Recreation, he’s taking on a foe that’s been extinct for millions of years. The newly minted mega star takes the lead in Jurassic World, the next film in the Jurassic Park franchise, and though we’ve seen him riding a motorcycle in the midst of a swarm of dinosaurs, it’s nowhere near as up close and personal as in this new photo from the film.
Though he may not be quite the mix of Han Solo and Indiana Jones that his Star-Lord character is in Guardians, hanging out next to a Velociraptor as he is here, Pratt certainly has swagger to spare. He plays Owen in Jurassic World, an employee of the title park—which is, 20 plus years after the fact, now up and running—who does behavioral research with the vicious predators. Director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) tweeted this picture with the brief message: “Happy Holidays from the editing room. Do not try this at home.”
Seeing Owen riding amongst a pack of the raptors, as we do in the trailer, has led some to speculate that he has some degree of control over these resurrected nasties. (How awesome could it be to see him ride into battle at the head of a Velociraptor army?) Though he may work with them, after the trailer dropped, Trevorrow made sure to note that Owen and the velociraptors “aren’t friends.” He went on to add, “These animals are nasty and dangerous and they’ll bite your head off if you make the wrong move.”
Given what Trevorrow said, my guess is that this isn’t from the actual movie and is probably just a candid, behind-the-scenes photo, unless he somehow magically trained this particular Velociraptor not to tear him to shreds (Pratt is a charmer). Whatever the situation with that, this picture is enticing because it shows off some of the practical effects of the film. While the trailer is exciting and full of adventure, some of the CGI is not the greatest. Granted, we’re still more than six months away, so there is time to give everything a polish, but this looks like it could have come from the set of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in 1993, so hopefully that means we’ll get a nice mix of practical and digital in Jurassic World
Trevorrow worked on the script with Derek Connolly, and the story is set in a world that sees John Hammond’s vision finally fulfilled: the park is open for business. Though it’s popular, attendance flags, and the money people commission a new creation, a hybrid of T-Rex, Velociraptor, snake, and cuttlefish DNA. You probably guessed that doesn’t go as smoothly as it could, and the new creature escapes and wreaks havoc.
Jurassic World also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, BD Wong, and Ty Simpkins, and opens everywhere June 12, 2015.