Jurassic World will be the first movie in the series in 14 years, following the 2001 release of Jurassic Park III. Director Colin Trevorrow has a big task in front of him to re-introduce Jurassic Park to audiences and draw in a new generation. One of the best ways to keep Jurassic World in line with the events from the original Jurassic Park is to bring in some of the original cast, and now another such actor has signed on.
Although Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum aren’t expected to appear in Jurassic World, the original film’s story will live on in Jurassic World thanks to actor B.D. Wong, who will reprise his role as Dr. Henry Wu, the chief geneticist for Jurassic Park and the man responsible for creating the amusement park’s dinosaurs. According to Colin Trevorrow, while speaking to IGN:
This hasn’t been announced yet, but BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.
Although Dr. Henry Wu only had a few minutes of screen time in the original Jurassic Park, he played an important role as the mastermind behind resurrecting the dinosaurs. Wu was also one of the few people introduced in the movie who was still alive as the end credits rolled, since he got on a boat before the power went out and the dinosaurs escaped. Wong was never brought back for The Lost World: Jurassic Park or Jurassic Park III.
While plot details are still few and far between at the moment, Trevorrow tweeted an image of the original film’s location and implied that the new film will take place back where it all started, at Site A on Isla Nublar, off the coast of Costa Rica. It’s also believed that Jurassic World takes place some 20 years after the events of the original movie, and that it unfolds as a fully operational water theme park featuring various aquatic dinosaurs.
Jurassic World will go into production this summer in Hawaii with Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg on board as the film’s producers. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Trevorrow co-wrote the script with Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed), which was based 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.