Over the past few months, there have been massive leaks from the set of Jurassic World, the upcoming reentry into the universe of Jurassic Park. This includes major revelations about the specifics of the plot, something that totally bums out director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed). Since the last round or news, the production has taken measures to get ahead of the rumor mill, and their latest tactic is to give NBC’s the Today Show a glimpse behind the scenes at their New Orleans set.
Just a warning, you’ll have to sit through a bunch really annoying morning talk show nonsense that will make you want to track down Matt Lauer and correspondent Jenna Bush Hager and do mean things to them. Any pain is worth it, however, because this first video provides our first look at the titular park, which, after 20 plus years, is finally a reality, just like John Hammond envisioned it way back when. You’ll also notice some other fun little bits if you keep your eyeballs peeled.
There are a few wide crowd shots—the production has set up shop at an abandoned Six Flags amusement park outside of the city—that give you an idea of what a tourist destination this has become. Most of the time here, however, is taken up by a tandem interview with stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Howard says that Jurassic Park is really her generation’s Star Wars, which is a sentiment that Pratt has echoed in the past. There’s also a significant amount of time devoted to Pratt’s abs, which he says are really America’s abs.
We know that the scientists on site will be playing god, creating a new dinosaur out of the DNA of a T-Rex, Velocipator, snake, and cuttlefish, and as Pratt says, surprise, surprise, this attempt doesn’t go well. He also offers up a bit of the motivation for this movie. He says, “Attendance starts to fall off a little bit. So they’ve decided to come up with a new attraction to bring even more people in.”
The next video didn’t appear on Today, but it was offered up as a supplement on their website. This takes place in the set of a gift shop in the park, and Pratt is not shy about handing out props and faux-merchandise as if it were a real establishment. More than anything, this just reconfirms how excited we are that Pratt is about to become a huge movie star, he so ridiculously likable and legitimately seems to be enjoying himself.
These are the kind of videos that you usually see much closer to the time a film comes out, and Jurassic World doesn’t hit theaters until June 12, 2015. But again, they’re trying to cut off the flow of information leaking from the set like a sieve. This way they can control what information gets out there, and how it spins.