Bryce Dallas Howard in Talks for ‘Jurassic World’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 27th, 2013 at 12:27 pm,

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What, exactly, do we know for certain about the fourth Jurassic Park movie right now? Well, it’s officially titled Jurassic World, with Colin Trevorrow confirmed to be directing and shooting the film in 3D for a Summer 2015 release. Not to mention, the original script draft written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is reported to have been significantly revised over the past several months, which is why the project was delayed from its previously-set 2014 premiere date in theaters.

Plot-wise, it’s not clear if the central premise from an outdated JP4 script draft – where, in the present-day, Jurassic Park is now fully operational… until it’s not – has been maintained in the Jurassic World screenplay; or, rather, if that version of the film predates even Jaffa and Silver’s involvement. The title suggests that the former of those dual scenarios may be accurate (would Jurassic World = SeaWorld, albeit with dinosaurs instead of sea critters?), but that speculation is… well, just that: speculation.

However, what we can say for certain is that Bryce Dallas Howard has begun talks to play one of the central human roles in Jurassic World, now that multiple outlets are confirming the news (including, Variety). The award-winning actress (and daughter of filmmaker Ron Howard) has amassed strong performances outside of the blockbuster circuit – for example, in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village and Kenneth Branagh’s As You Like It adaptation – but she’s had a run of bad luck, on the maligned and/or under-performing tentpoles Spider-Man 3 and Terminator Salvation. We’ll see if that rough trend stops with Jurassic World, following Howard taking a year off from acting to start a family.

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As far as reasons to remain optimistic about Jurassic World go, Trevorrow has spent even more time revising and (hopefully) improving the screenplay, with assistance from Derek Connolly (the screenwriter on Trevorrow’s acclaimed directing debut, Safety Not Guaranteed) and notes from executive producer Steven Spielberg. In addition, the Variety report mentions that there is “one more big [human] role to cast,” before pre-production continues to move forward – allowing the chance to cast another solid actor to pick up where the series’ previous leads (Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and, to a lesser degree, Laura Dern) left off.

Variety initially claimed that Josh Brolin (Oldboy (2013)) was joining the Jurassic World cast, before removing the original link and title that included his name (here is a screengrab to prove we’re not lying); the indication being, that was either a mistake or something that cannot be verified until further notice. Similarly, before the project was pushed back from 2014, there were rumors about both Howard and David Oyelowo being eyed for roles. However, the latter has since joined the voice cast for the Star Wars Rebels TV show and (reportedly) auditioned for Star Wars: Episode VII – which is to say, the actor may no longer be a feasible option for Jurassic World casting.

[Sidenote: Howard and Oyelowo shared the screen in Branagh’s As You Like It, playing Rosalind and Orlando, respectively; not to mention, Oyelowo had a supporting role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as written by Jaffa and Silver. It’s a small world, as they say…]

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Could Josh Brolin be in consideration for a role in ‘Jurassic World’?

The Screen Rant Podcast team has discussed in depth why Jurassic World is a dicey prospect, arriving so long after the first two Jurassic Park sequels achieved mixed success (artistically-speaking) – between the first half/three-fourths of The Lost World: Jurassic Park and the amusement park thrill-ride of Jurassic Park III – yet, neither fully justified the expansion of themes and story from Spielberg’s self-contained original film into a franchise – again, in a creative sense (given that Jurassic World makes $en$e from a box office perspective).

Trevorrow has acknowledged that this challenge that lies before him, but offered fans the following assurance about his commitment to justifying the existence of a fourth Jurassic Park movie:

“It’s important to make a movie for the fans but I also have to remember that there’s a lot of people who just couldn’t care less and need me to make a solid case for why the hell there’s a Jurassic Park 4 in the first place and I want to make a movie for them too… This is not a paycheck gig for me and it’s not the movie that I’m making so I can make the movies that I really want to make. I actually want to make a kick-ass Jurassic Park movie.”

Take that (or leave it) as you will.


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

Source: Variety

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  1. I loved Terminator Salvation but honestly didn’t know Bryce had a role in it.


  2. @ Dazz

    I Know we have our different opinions on films. But im shocked to see you post you loved Terminator Salvation as most don’t. I enjoyed it myself.

    • Yeah, the only bad Terminator movie I’ve seen is the third one. Salvation was great and I don’t know whether it’s a lack of Arnold or some kind of anti-Bale bandwagon for anything outside the Batman movies but I never understood the hatred for it.

      It’s like, people asked for the war in the future to feature in a Terminator movie, Salvation show the beginning of Connor’s leadership of the Resistance, didn’t people get what they asked for?

      • I also have to admit that I loved Lady In The Water too, think it’s better than The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Don’t understand the hate for that movie either.

        Howard was good in that too.

      • I thought T3 was ok. Some things it could of done without. I liked the director’s of Terminator Salvation little more especially how Connor spoken about his mother’s warnings to get his message out.

        I think it was more about Arnold not being in the film over anti-Bale stuff. I read one critic say it wasn’t a terminator film without Arnold. Bale did ok imo except he did use his Batman voice once or twice. But it didn’t get me to hate the film.

        I know I was wanting to see post-Judgement Day battles of the war as seen in flashbacks of the first two films. Atleast someone makes them that way. Not more time-travel until the last film.

  3. I like Bryce a lot, and she seems like a good actor for this film. Her part in Terminator was fairly limited, but The Village and The Help each gave her more screen time.

    If Jurassic World can somehow manage to recapture the comprehensive sense of awe of the original film, I will be thrilled. Mostly, it needs a good, immersive story that feels like more than just a long chase sequence.

  4. Shes great. Would love to see her in a Jurassic Park film.
    Make it happen!

  5. I love me some Bryce Dallas…sorry wife.

  6. I wonder why people didn’t like her as Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3.

  7. She reminds me of jessica chastain for some reason in that pic.

  8. I would love to see both Brolin and Bryce in JP4. I thought that JP3 was underrated and unfairly hated.

  9. Lex?