Writer and producer of the next installment of the Jurassic World franchise has confirmed the Tyrannosaurus Rex will once again appear in the upcoming dino-rampaging sequel.
Confirmation of the T-Rex’s return came when Trevorrow responded on Twitter when he was asked whether or not “Rexy” would make an appearance in the film which is currently in production.
Confirmed. Tell her when she wakes up. https://t.co/d39LBJ7LK5
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 3, 2017
The return of the T-Rex comes as no great surprise. It would be rather shocking for a Jurassic film to not feature the king of the dinosaurs. What is especially interesting, though, is that Trevorrow confirmed to Slashfilm on the set of the 2015 blockbuster that the T-Rex in Jurassic World is actually the same T-Rex first seen in the original Jurassic Park. Trevorrow explained the process behind evolving “Rexy” in a way that felt organic for the revival of the franchise:
“The T-Rex that’s in the film is the T-Rex from the original Jurassic Park and she is 22 years older. But, she’s not limping around. … We took the original design and obviously, technology has changed. So, it’s going to move a little bit differently, but it’ll move differently because it’s older. And we’re giving her some scars and we’re tightening her skin. So, she has that feeling of, like, an older Burt Lancaster. And this movie is her Unforgiven.”
Plot details on the upcoming sequel are scarce but both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be returning as Owen and Claire as the franchise continues the storyline of weaponized dinosaurs introduced in Jurassic World. BD Wong will also once again appear as Dr. Henry Wu
The sequel has added Toby Jones, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, and James Cromwell.
While Trevorrow himself exited the project to helm Star Wars Episode IX, he and his writing partner Derek Connolly penned the script for the still untitled Jurassic World 2. Trevorrow is also serving as exec producer on the project.
Directing the film is J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) who confirmed back in December that the new film will once again feature the use of animatronics in the Jurassic franchise.
Jurassic World 2 is slated to hit theaters on June 22, 2018.