Over the past week, Colin Trevorrow must have been working overtime on Jurassic World, formerly known as Jurassic Park IV. Considering that the production was on temporary hiatus earlier this year, it appears that Trevorrow wants to get the film in theaters on time for its June 2015 release date. Now Jurassic World might feature an Amblin Entertainment alumnus, Josh Brolin.
Variety reports that Brolin is in talks to star in Jurassic World for his old Goonies producer Steven Spielberg. It’s believed that Brolin was an early selection to star in the film, but stepped away when the production went on hiatus. Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly had to iron out kinks in the screenplay, which is based on Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) original.
Brolin may get the opportunity to play the film’s father character to the recently cast young actors Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer). The rumor is that they will play brothers. Whatever the case may be, why would a dinosaur mess with a tough guy like Josh Brolin? Even their little walnut brains should know that’s a bad idea.
Brolin is best known for his leading role in the Coen Bros’ No Country For Old Men in 2008. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor the following year for his performance in Gus Van Sant’s Milk. Amidst his recent success and recognition, Brolin has been trying to find a successful franchise to star in, but he has come up short with the Jonah Hex adaptation and Men In Black 3. If cast in Jurassic World, Josh Brolin might just find that winning franchise. He can be seen in the upcoming Old Boy remake from director Spike Lee.
Bryce Dallas Howard is another name floating around Jurassic World. Brolin and Howard could make an interesting on-screen couple. The New Girl’s Jake Johnson has also mentioned in connection to the film, which would be his second with Trevorrow, after the director’s debut Safety Not Guaranteed. Lastly, The Office’s John Krasinski is also reportedly in the mix to play a “theme park worker in charge of ‘taming’ some of the dinosaurs.”
Jurassic Park films have always been a high profile franchise with top-tier Hollywood actors. Even in lesser outings, such as Jurassic Park III, the film featured William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, and Sam Neill, making a less than triumphant return to the series. Howard and Brolin sound like winners to me, and it would be nice to see both actors find success with a big franchise like Jurassic Park.
Jurassic World hits theaters everywhere on June 12, 2015, in 3D and IMAX.