Jason Schwartzman May Be Headed to ‘Jurassic World’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am,

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How the world of Hollywood filmmaking has changed, over the twenty years that’ve passed since Jurassic Park was originally released in theaters; and, in the process, endeared a generation of moviegoers to the joys of watching ancient world beasts devour hapless people in the present-day. (Not to mention, the power of the (Jeff) Goldblum.)

Director Steven Spielberg’s classic tentpole – based on the late Michael Crichton’s novel about what happens when humanity misuses science (and nature rears its ugly head in response) – gave rise to two sequels, both of which turned out profitable despite getting a far more lukewarm reception overall. Hence, part of the reason that a fourth installment has been struggling to get off the ground for more than a decade.

The current incarnation of Jurassic Park 4 – now officially titled Jurassic World - is being directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), from a revised script that he and screenwriter Derek Connolly are putting together (based on an earlier draft written by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes co-writers, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver). So far, Iron Man 3 and Insidious 1 & 2 kid actor Ty Simpkins is the only cast member to have been confirmed for the sci-fi film.

Hypable is reporting that Jason Schwartzman is also being groomed for a role in Jurassic World, though more exact details have yet to be unveiled. The actor is known for his roles as gum-chewing Gideon Graves in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the (sorta) P.I. Jonathan Ames on HBO’s defunct Bored to Death TV series, and many a quirky character in the world of Wes Anderson. Schwarzman’s upcoming projects include the glimpse behind the Mary Poppins curtain, in Saving Mr. Banks, in addition to the latest Anderson shindig (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and a welcome low-key offering from director Tim Burton, with the memoir Big Eyes.

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Schwartzman’s publicists have refrained from commenting on the story thus far. That, as Bleeding Cool points out, is enough for the time being to suggest that the actor, if nothing else, was either approached by and/or met with the producers about Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park movie. Whether or not he will actually wind up signing on the dotted line, remains to be determined.

Unfortunately, a previous rumor that fan-favorite Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) is also headed to Jurassic World appears to have been nothing but hot air. On the positive side, it would seem that laudable stars Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation) and Josh Brolin (Oldboy) are currently in the midst of talks to join Round 4 in the battle for survival between dinosaurs and humans. The same goes for whipper-snapper Nick Robinson, who broke out earlier this year in the indie feature, The Kings of Summer.

Previous Jurassic Park installments featured underage stars, in combination with reputable actors/actresses who otherwise tend to shy away from mainstream fare (see: Laura Dern, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy). In that regard, Schwarzman and his potential Jurassic World costars aren’t a huge break from traditional hiring on the franchise. Question is, will the plot – whether it revolves around an operational version of Jurassic Park or something else altogether – be able to revitalize the formula wrung-dry by the last two movies; and thus, give the cast something worthwhile to do with its talent?


Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.

Source: Hypable [via Bleeding Cool]

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  1. Oh, that dude from moonrise kingdom.

  2. He was in pretty comical in funny people playing the doucie roommate. Also plays drums in some band in LA or something

  3. Yeah, yeah. This is the guy that looks like a Tom Cruise knock off.

  4. Still disappointed that we don’t get a JP movie ala Dinoriders (80′s cartoon)
    That would be sweet!

  5. is Jake Johnson still involved?

  6. Whatever happened to that Dinosaurs vs. Aliens film? I guess the recent tanking of Cowboys and Aliens and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stalled that. I actually think that would be more interesting than both C&A and AL:VH just because of how ridiculous it sounds.

  7. I love Jason Schwartzman!! He’s great in Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited.

  8. This guy is complete hipster fodder, never liked anything he was involved in and his band sucks. Get him out!

    The only bad cast rumor thus far that I’ve seen.

    • Just had a look at his career on Wikipedia and other than Walk Hard, I don’t think I’ve seen anything else he’s appeared in.

      • He’s been in like all of Wes Anderson’s movies. They’re all pretty great and Schwartzman gives awesome performances in each one. If I were to rank a few of his best performances (in my opinion) it would go…

        1) Rushmore
        2) The Darjeeling Limited
        3) Fantastic Mr. Fox (even tho its only his voice, great performance)
        4) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

        • Wasn’t he also in the movie spun cuz that movie was pretty good too

  9. hes the lead singer of coconut records