According to director Colin Trevorrow, who would know this sort of thing because he also wrote the script, in Jurassic World, Chris Pratt’s character Owen and the Velociraptors “aren’t friends.” Most of us assumed that was the case, as the vicious, strategic dinosaurs aren’t exactly known for being the friendliest bunch. Though they may not be the kind of pals that have each other over for holiday celebrations and summertime barbeques, it’s starting to look like they don’t have the most adversarial relationship, as exemplified by this new photo.
Yesterday, we saw that photo of Pratt standing, arms crossed, with a practical version of a Velociraptor, and this latest image isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. This scene appears at the end of the trailer, and this picture from EW basically presents a clearer image, and a slightly different angle, of that moment we’ve already had multiple screencaps of.
We know they’re not really friends, that would be absurd, but what we’ve heard of the plot indicates that Owen is an employee of the titular park, which is now open for business, and he does behavioral research with the raptors. So while they may not snuggle up by the fire, in this photo, as Owen rides a motorcycle in the midst of the running pack, they’re not actively trying to rip him to shreds. So they at least have enough of a relationship, connection, or whatever you want to call it, that they know he isn’t food.
According to the plot, as we understand it, attendance has dropped at the park, and in order to boost flagging numbers, a new hybrid dino, called D-Rex (we hope that changes), is created from T-Rex, Velociraptor, snake, and cuttlefish DNA. That, of course, doesn’t go quite as planned, and the new beastie escapes, wreaking havoc and devouring tourists.
Talking about the new addition to the franchise, Trevorrow says, “There are dinosaurs and there’s the other—there’s this thing that is not one of them, that is not of them.” He adds, “There’s a lot of bold new ideas in the movie and I’m pushing it as far forward as I can. I know Steven [Spielberg, executive producer] didn’t want me to make a carbon copy of the earlier films. So we’re going for it.”
While we know what Owen’s job is, we’re getting more information about other characters as well. Bryce Dallas Howard plays Claire, the operations manager at the park, and those two kids we saw in the trailer, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, are her nephews, paying her a visit at the absolute wrong time. That means that Judy Greer’s character, the boys’ mother, is probably Claire’s sister, or at the very least her sister in law.
Jurassic World also stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrhan Khan, Omar Sy, and more, and opens everywhere June 12, 2015.