Movie News: Who's Out and Wu's in for JURASSIC WORLD

Written by Paul Mount Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Movie News

Jurassic Park fans hoping for at least a quick curtain call for some of the original cast from the first movie (way back in 1993, itself almost pre-history as far as Hollywood is concerned these days) are set to be as disappointed as a tyrannosaurus rex in a vegetarian restaurant. Colin Trevorrow, director of the upcoming and much-awaited Jurassic World, has confirmed that the original Jurassic Park‘s Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern won’t be “running and screaming” from genetically-recreated prehistoric carnivores in the series’ fourth instalment.

Speaking to IGN Trevorrow stated  "I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They're iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn't about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they'd go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go."

One face from the past will be back, however. Says Trevorrow: "There is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. 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, under-appreciated. We think there's more to his story
."

Trevorrow also indicates that Jurassic World’s leading man Chris Pratt, currently cinema’s go-to action movie star (rumours that Hollywood is developing new blockbuster franchises to which Pratt isn’t attached have yet to be confirmed), “will be a classic hero in a very modern context. He's the guy who will get you through the jungle alive - but like Malcolm, Grant and Sattler, he's an expert in a scientific field that's connected to our story. The character allows us to explore some new ideas about our relationship with these animals, without losing the humour and sense of adventure.”

Jurassic World is expected to be released in June 2015. Altogether now…roarrrrghhhhh!!!

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