Production on the sequel to 2015’s summer smash hit Jurassic World is currently ramping up. The cast is preparing for the shoot as principal photography is set to commence this March. In an exclusive chat with JoBlo, Bryce Dallas Howard opened up about the differences between her character Claire and Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady in Jurassic World 2:
“That’s part of the story, that’s part of the journey. She definitely went through a lot and is permanently changed because of that. But she is also who she is. Chris [Pratt] and I are already having a lot of fun with that. We’re in that stage right now of figuring out the backstory and talking through all those beats, like everything that happened in between. That’s always such a fun time. You’re like, ‘No, she did that?! No way, he couldn’t have!’ It’s really, really fun, and then you step into the present moment and it becomes alive.”
Although Colin Trevorrow will not be directing Jurassic World 2 as he has exited the project to helm Star Wars Episode IX, he and his writing partner Derek Connolly have written the script for Jurassic World 2 which will continue the storyline of weaponized dinosaurs introduced in the last film. Howard also dished on the challenges the cast and the new director, J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) face as they create something new and fresh that also incorporates pieces of previous installments to the franchise:
“I think what is tricky about doing the fifth movie of a franchise is how will you bring in new stuff and still pay tribute to what we all know and the legacy of the film. So, it’s the balance between the new stuff and the old stuff. I think Colin did a great job in the first one finding the balance between what people are expecting and what people are being again. I was kind of surprised when he pitched me the story because it leads the story to a place that we’ve never seen before and it brings some of the most important elements from the other films and makes something with them. I thought that was very interesting. It’s the second chapter of a trilogy so it gets the story to a place that wants you leaving more and more.”
The first Jurassic Park featured elements of horror with terrifying scenes such as Dennis Nedry’s (Wayne Knight) death via Dilophosaurus and the intense kitchen scene that Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex (Ariana Richards) barely made it out of. Since then, the franchise has failed to capture that fear factor since the first film but it seems Jurassic World 2 could be a return to form for the dino-rampaging franchise. Not only will J.A. Bayona be bringing his horror sensibilities to help bring the project back to its roots, he’ll be going one step further by adding as much animatronics back into the mix as possible.
Part of what made the original Jurassic Park such a magical experience was the way in which it combined the animatronics by Stan Winston and the computer graphics from ILM, tricking your eyes into believing what you were seeing was real. Jurassic World, unfortunately, only featured one single practical effect.
In addition to returning cast members Howard and Pratt, the sequel will see the return of Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong). The film will also introduce new characters played by Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Black Mirror), and Justice Smith (The Get Down).
Jurassic World 2 hits theaters June 22, 2018.