With the new Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World, heading to theaters in 2015, director Colin Trevorrow has less than two years to crank out the movie. Part of getting the fourth installment in the series together is casting, we’re finally starting to hear who will appear in the summer blockbuster.
As reported on Deadline, 12-year-old actor Ty Simpkins has landed a leading role in Jurassic World. Simpkins is bets known as the kid who helps Tony Stark get his mojo back in Iron Man 3. He has also appeared James Wan’s horror film Insidious, Revolutionary Road, and had a minor role in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. Spielberg will also serve as producer on the latest dinosaur adventure. There is not much known about Simpkins’ role, but it is reportedly a lead.
There are also rumblings that Jake Johnson is also being considering for another lead role. Johnson co-starred in Trevorrow’s directorial debut Safety Not Guaranteed in 2012. Considering that Jurassic World is only his second film, and first major motion picture, it makes sense that the 37-year-old director wants to bring some familiar faces. Currently, Johnson can be seen on the hit-TV show New Girl with Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris on Fox.
Bryce Dallas Howard is also in talks to star in Jurassic World. While it’s unclear who she could play, some believe that she might play the daughter of Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) from the original Jurassic Park, or Dr. Sarah Harding’s (Julianne Moore) daughter from The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The Office’s John Krasinski is another name that has been rumored to join the cast. His potential character is described as a “theme park worker in charge of ‘taming’ some of the dinosaurs.”
There are no plot details available, but the new film is believed to take place at a new theme park, which is now fully working and safe for tourists and workers. The new Jurassic Park has become the most popular tourist attraction in the world, and to gain more attendees, the park introduces a new aquatic dinosaur. But soon after the new attraction arrives, it breaks free and wreaks havoc throughout the entire establishment. This sounds like Jurassic Park meets Jaws 3D.
Trevorrow made an appearance on the Jurassic Park Podcast to talk about Jurassic World. While he didn’t divulge any new information, he did address the rumors surrounding the project. He said, “Don’t believe everything you read, there are way more insiders on the Internet than there are in real life.”
A few months ago, he said that he wants Jurassic World to honor what came before it, while at the same time standing as more than a solid action movie for general audiences. He co-wrote the screenplay with his writing partner, Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed), taking over work on Rick Jaffa and 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.