‘Jurassic World’: Chris Pratt Confirms Lead Role & Character Details

Published 6 months ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 am,

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With so many high-profile tentpole scheduled for 2015, that means casting for the big franchise installments and sequels arriving next year is ramping up now. We’ve witnessed that in recent months, with Marvel casting announcements for Ant-Man and near-official confirmations for the stars of Terminator: Genesis; meanwhile, projects like 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot and Universal’s Jurassic World are finalizing their roster, ahead of a spring production start.

Bryce Dallas Howard was the first name confirmed for the new Jurassic Park installment, while Chris Pratt revealed that he was in final talks for the film about a month or so before 2013 drew to a close. Earlier this year, director Ron Howard Tweeted an image of his daughter and Pratt – meeting on the red carpet for the 2014 Golden Globes – and indicated that both are set to appear in Jurassic World; thanks to Pratt, we can now say that is indeed “official.”

Pratt voices the lead in The LEGO Movie and was present to promote the animated film during a press event held over the weekend (at the time of writing this) in the Legoland amusement park in California. There, the Parks & Recreation actor confirmed his involvement (hat tip PR Record Gazette) and spoke a little about how (like for millions of others, including several members of the Screen Rant staff) the original Jurassic Park was a generational moviegoing experience for him:

“For me, Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars. I lined up at the theatre to see it, I saw it opening night, I saw every sequel, I’ve seen it a whole bunch of times… for me that was my big movie, I think I was 13 or 14 when it came out. And so it’s a big deal for me to be any part of that, let alone this part I’m going to be playing. I’m thrilled about it.”

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Bryce Dallas Howard will star opposite Chris Pratt in ‘Jurassic World’

Official details are sparse, but we know for certain that Jurassic World is not a “hard reboot” and will instead pickup in real-time after the first movie (i.e. 22 years later), with a different set of human characters than previous Jurassic Park installments. Furthermore, unless the plan has changed over the past year, the film will take place on Isla Nublar and not Isla Sorna (better known as “Site B”), the latter being the setting featured in the second and third JP movies.

Reportedly, the Jurassic World script by director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed) – based on an earlier draft by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) – casts Pratt as Owen, a “rugged ex-military dude” who butts heads with a corporate scientist (Howard) over, presumably, how to best to handle genetically-manufactured dinosaurs.

It sounds like Pratt’s character might resemble Muldoon (Bob Peck) from the original Jurassic Park – and/or Roland Tembo (Pete Postlethwaite) from The Lost World – while Howard plays a scientific mind who better understands dino behavioral tendencies, more so than her predecessors – including, Dr. Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) from The Lost World and Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) from JP1 (she also cameoed in Jurassic Park III).

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Based on these rumored character details and the general casting (see: kid actor Ty Simpkins), it doesn’t seem as though Jurassic World will stray too far from the tried-and-true Jurassic Park movie formula; though, Trevorrow has voiced his intention to freshen things up and make this installment count for something (besides $$$, that is).

It’s certainly nice to see Pratt moving up from playing the affable best friend in movies (see: The Five-Year Engagement, Delivery Man, Her) and realizing the potential he showed for serious leading roles in films like Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. Look for Pratt to utilize both his comedy skills and dramatic chops alike later this year, when he heads to the stars in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Question is, will Pratt’s budding film career lead him away from his role as lovable oaf Andy on Parks & Recreation, which has been picked up for a seventh season? Maybe Burt Macklin and Janet Snakehole will have to solve the case of the missing dinosaurs on an upcoming episode.

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Jurassic World opens in 2D and 3D theaters on June 12th, 2015.

Source: PR Record Gazette

TAGS: jurassic park, jurassic park 4

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  1. I like the idea of Burt having a movie – but only if Janet isn’t in it.

  2. Bert Macklin FTW!!!*put on his shades*

  3. The most expected movie of 2015! After years in development hell, it really seems to be alive. After all… life does find a way ahaha

  4. Good casting!

  5. Chris Pratt and Bryce Howard are aight…..but please god, PLEASE, no kids in this one!! The kids have been the worst part of every movie. With the exception of the first one (which has bad decision making on John Hammond’s part, but at least is in the ballpark of believability), even the mechanisms of having the kids included in the movies have been completely ridiculous.

    I know what you are probably thinking. “But Sean Doe, these are essentially kids movies. Those characters need to be there for children viewers to relate to, and to bring some tenderness and levity to break up the dinosaur action/carnage.” No. No they don’t. First of all, these movies have dinosaurs. That’s what kids want to see……dinosaurs, not other kids. Secondly, with Pratt on board, you don’t need those characters because HE can bring both the action AND the comedy to the movie (presumably why he was cast in Guardians).

    The article briefly addresses this, but if this movie follows the trend of the other three, there are 4 character types that we can expect to be in this movie:

    A) Dinosaurs
    B) Scientists/paleontologists/botanists/mathematicians/doctors (people we assume have masters degrees or PHD’s, possibly multiple degrees)
    C) Security/hunters/mercenaries/rangers (Most likely heavily armed, physical types)
    D) Kids

    If there HAS to be kids involved in this movie, for the love of god, I hope they employ 3 simple rules that can make or break the movie, using the listed types:

    1) D should not be smarter than B or C.
    2) D should not have more physical prowess (be faster/better hunter/better fighter/better climber/etc) than A or C.
    3) D should not be a better survivalist or more adaptable to the dangerous environment than A, B, or C.

    All of the movies so far have broken all these rules, to various degrees. There is a section in the Lost World where we watch multiple armed hunter/soldier types get easily picked off by raptors. Moments later the raptor gets owned by a little girl using her gymnastic skills. This is, in my opinion, quite possibly one of the worst scenes ever put to film.

    I’m not trying to troll on the JP franchise. I have as deep of a love, and am just as nostalgic, of the first movie as Ben Kendrick. Just please….no stupid kid stuff!

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