Jurassic World, which is arguably the next major tentpole release (and one of the most anticipated films arriving in 2015) debuts theatrically in a few weeks, at the time of writing this. Universal Pictures has doubled its marketing efforts accordingly, having now unleashed several television promos for the movies – ranging from clips that show off the dinosaurs-on-the-loose frenzy that eventually happens in the film, along with trailers that tug on moviegoers’ heartstrings with the voice of John Hammond (the late David Attenborough), the man whose dream was Jurassic Park.
Owen (Chris Pratt) and his velociraptor “squad” also continue be a focal point of the promotional push for Jurassic World. One of the latest previews, for example, has Owen introducing his various raptor buddies by name, before identifying himself as being “The Alpha” to Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson). The latter, for those unaware, are the nephews of Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), a representative for the corporation that owns the Jurassic World establishment, Masrani Global.
You can watch said Jurassic World promo, above.
Thus far, it would appear that Owen is going to be the Alan Grant-esque character in Jurassic World, though his experience and outlook will come from years of having interacted with dinosaurs. Grant’s views were informed by his paleontological studies in the first Jurassic Park, though in Jurassic Park III he had his (limited) encounters with creatures like velociraptors and the T-Rex to draw from, by comparison.
The short of it: there’s enough that seems different about Owen to suggest that he won’t necessarily come off as just a rehashed various on past characters in the franchise – only here, played by Burt Macklin/Star-Lord himself.
Similarly, Claire has some of John Hammond’s professionalism – minus his eccentricity though – as well as a connection to the kid characters in Jurassic World, like Hammond did in the first Jurassic Park. However, the film’s trailers have also pointed to Claire discovering she has the same “tenacious” streak as JP & JPIII player Ellie Sattler – one which comes out in full once the Indominus Rex (a.k.a. the new genetically-engineered dino introduced in Jurassic World) gets loose, and Claire must save her nephews from becoming a dino-meal.
You can catch glimpses of Claire in “Ellen Ripley mode” in the new Jurassic World TV trailer, embedded above.
The Jurassic World story and characters – which director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) co-wrote with Derek Connolly – are certainly unique in their own way, yet are also clearly treading close to what this franchise has offered in the past. As such, the movie will no doubt play best with those young enough to have never seen any of the previous Jurassic Park film installments before.
… And it might even please longtime JP fans, so long as the ride isn’t too derivative of what’s come before (albeit, done in a bigger and flashier way).
Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.