When Jurassic World opens in 2015, it will be the first entry in the film series since Jurassic Park III in 2001. It’s believed that, just as in the real world, more than 20 years will have passed since the events of the original Jurassic Park. Jurassic World will be director Colin Trevorrow’s first time at the helm of a big Hollywood blockbuster, but at least he’ll have a longtime friend, New Girl actor Jake M. Johnson, on hand for moral support.
Johnson, who had a supporting role in Trevorrow’s directorial debut, Safety Not Guaranteed, revealed the news during an interview with the Huffington Post. (And while we’re at it, their mutual friend Derek Connolly cowrote Jurassic World with Trevorrow.) Although Johnson didn’t reveal much about his role in the film, but his character is named Lowery. Johnson told HuffPo:
When I was growing up and Jurassic Park came out, I freaked out like every other kid. I was born in ’78, so I was, like, 12. If it wasn’t Colin and someone said they wanted me in Jurassic Park, I would jump on it. The fact that it’s Colin, written by Derek Connolly (who wrote Safety Not Guaranteed) and both those guys are personal friends, I’d go through a wall.
I’m not really a fan of New Girl, but I do enjoy Johnson’s work from time-to-time. Apart from New Girl, Johnson has appeared in The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street, and as Jesus Christ in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. He’s also going to co-star in the new buddy “cop” comedy Let’s Be Cops with New Girl co-star Damon Wayans, Jr., which is slated for release this summer.
If you missed, some Jurassic World concept art hit the ‘net not long ago, giving us a good look at Jurassic World‘s fully operational water theme park. The story is said to involve a new aquatic dinosaur being introduced to the park, but soon breaking free and wreaking havoc.
Jurassic World will go into production this summer in Hawaii, with Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg on board as producers. The movie stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, B.D. Wong, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Trevorrow and Derek Connolly re-wrote Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) original screenplay.
Jurassic World hits theaters everywhere on June 12, 2015, in 3D and IMAX. You can check out the trailer for Let’s Be Cops below and marvel at the comedic timing from Jake M. Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr.