The old and new collide in Jurassic World 2. New details that emerged this month reveal that the upcoming sequel to the 2015 dinosaur hit movie will be a throwback to the past as it features elements of the original Jurassic Park.
Two Parks, One Problem
The stakes in the upcoming sci-fi adventure movie will be higher. If in Jurassic World, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have to save humans from an escaped carnivorous, genetically-enhanced Indominus Rex, the two are about to face an even bigger problem.
The plot of the sequel is still unknown, but if rumors and speculations are to be believed, the movie will bring soldier dinosaurs, an even bigger genetically-engineered hybrid and the question of whether to annihilate the entire species or let them live peacefully in their own territory.
Fortunately, they will not be alone. Jeff Goldblum will return to the franchise and reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm.
— Joe 'Monk' Pardavila (@joepardavila) April 26, 2017
How he will fit into the current narrative remains to be seen. But his casting makes sense following the revelation that another character from the past will also re-emerge in the upcoming sequel.
James Cromwell also signed up to Jurassic World 2. He will play the role of Benjamin Lockwood, a long-time partner of John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). This he shared when he appeared in an interview with Larry King.
“The character Richard Attenborough plays [John Hammond], I’m his partner, uh Benjamin Lockwood, and we developed the technology of being able to clone the genes – and so I am, uh, trying to deal with the blowback from what we have done,” he explained.
Watch his interview below:
As mentioned, the plot of the sequel remains under wraps. Jurassic Outpost speculates that the elegant dinosaur museum featured in the first official image for the sequel is actually the new character’s mansion.
However, the involvement of Cromwell’s Benjamin Lockwood, as well as Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm, hints that the dinosaur problem that sparked in the first movie has become even more serious and threatening. Could the dinosaurs have escaped Isla Nublar?
Hopefully, Goldblum’s return, as well as Cromwell’s casting, can open the doors for future appearances of original trilogy characters in the new franchise. While Laura Dern has recently signed up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World 2 is still filming. It is not too late to bring her back for one more go.
Meanwhile, movie producer Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that another beloved character from the original trilogy will once again grace the big screen. On a tweet posted earlier this month, the filmmaker revealed that Rexy, the Tyrannosaurus Rex that appeared in Jurassic Park and in Jurassic World will also be in the anticipated new sequel.
“Confirmed,” Trevorrow said about the reappearance of Rexy. “Tell her when she wakes up.”
Confirmed. Tell her when she wakes up. https://t.co/d39LBJ7LK5
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 3, 2017
The last time that viewers saw the T. Rex, she faced the genetically-engineered I. Rex. With the help of the surviving raptor Blue, the I. Rex was defeated and died in the Jurassic World Lagoon. After the battle, she walked away and was never seen away.
Like the other surviving dinosaurs, Rexy is expected to still be roaming Isla Nublar. Viewers will once again see the tough dinosaur when Owen and Claire inevitably revisit the island, whether to save the dinosaurs or to stop further cloning of the creatures for military use in Jurassic World 2.
The upcoming sequel also stars Toby Jones, B.D. Wong, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Ted Levine and Daniella Pineda. The movie is directed by J.A. Bayona from the script penned by Derek Connoly. Jurassic World 2 will be released on June 22, 2018.
In the meantime, here is another photo published by Trevorrow.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 16, 2017