The cast for Jurassic World – the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise (and first to be shot in 3D) – was reported as having gained a couple of young additions over this past week, with Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3, Insidious Chapter 2) and Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) lined up to portray brothers in the movie. Meanwhile, long-rumored candidate Bryce Dallas Howard appears to have locked down one of the adult lead human roles in the dino adventure.
Back when the story broke that Howard has begun formal talks to play a lead role in Jurassic World, there was also a report about how Josh Brolin is being eyed to tackle the other important grown-up character role in the film. That report was quickly taken down, but we’re now hearing from multiple outlets that the Oscar-nominee is, in fact, readying to play in dinosaur-infested territory (potentially, Isla Numar, as featured in the original Jurassic Park movie).
Deadline claims that Universal is “circling” Brolin to star in Jurassic World, while Variety (which broke, then quickly retracted this story three weeks ago), is saying that the actor has begun early talks to sign on for the project. As it were, this isn’t the first occasion this year where Brolin has been pursued for a pivotal role in an upcoming blockbuster; on the contrary, the actor himself revealed about a month ago that he was approached to play the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman. However, in the case of Jurassic World, a deal with Brolin seems more likely to materialize.
Brolin feels like an appropriate choice to co-headline the fourth (and, as it were, rebooting) chapter in the Jurassic Park franchise. He has a similar history as a lauded character actor as his predecessors on the series – JP I & III lead Sam Neill and The Lost World: Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum (who was more of a costar in the original Jurassic Park) – but also more versatility, when it comes to playing the action hero. That combination of talent made him an excellent choice to headline Spike Lee’s Oldboy (releasing next month), in addition to forthcoming roles as two very different hunky bruisers, in Jason Reitman’s drama Labor Day this winter and Robert Rodriguez’ comic book movie sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in Summer 2014.
All in all, the prospective cast for Jurassic World continues to show more and more promise, as does the choice of Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) as the film’s director. Now, we just have to wait and see if Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly – drawing from a previous script draft written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) – put together a story that’s good enough to justify the existence of a fourth Jurassic Park movie in the first place…
Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.