Another MCU star appears to be taking up the reins for Universal’s new Jurassic World movie: two-time Oscar nominee Scarlett Johansson is reportedly in talks to lead the franchise that previously starred her Marvel co-star Chris Pratt.

Gareth Edwards (known for helming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the recent, John David Washington-starring sci-fi epic The Creator) is directing this new chapter in the dino-centric movie series, which has a script from Jurassic Park OG scribe David Koepp. Edwards stepped up to the director’s seat after David Leitch exited the project. Jurassic World trilogy helmer Frank Marshall is also attached to produce alongside Patrick Crowley. Steven Spielberg is, of course, executive producing via Amblin Entertainment.

The new movie is a fresh take on a Jurassic era with Jurassic World cast members Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard not expected to return, nor the original trilogy’s thespians Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill.

This feature is on the fast-track, having been announced as recently as two months ago, with a planned release to cinemas on July 2nd, 2025. This means we can expect further casting news, and details of the synopsis, very soon.

Scarlett Johansson will next be seen in an Apple feature co-starring Channing Tatum, due out this year, and has a voice role in the animated feature Transformers One.

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