Chris Pratt Circling 'Jurassic World' Lead; Irrfan Khan Eyed for Supporting Role

Chris Pratt circling Jurassic World lead role

Moviegoers will have to be careful to not strain their wallet, given the sheer number of tempting blockbusters and tentpoles due to arrive in 2015. The fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World is among them, but with rising star filmmaker Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) calling the shots - drawing from a screenplay that features contributions by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) - the return trip to Isla Nublar could well be worth the price of admission.

In terms of who's joined the cast (and who's been rumored to join the cast), Jurassic World has already shown potential. So, far we have Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, Terminator Salvation) confirmed as one of the adult leads, with Ty Simpkins (RDJ's underage sidekick in Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) onboard to play the token kids. Unfortunately, it's also been confirmed that Josh Brolin has passed on the male lead, while rumors about Idris Elba and Jason Schwartzman being in the running for a role have yet to turn up anything real.

The Wrap is now reporting that Chris Pratt - the fan-favorite known for playing lovable dim-wit Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation - has entered the (very) early stages of negotiations for the unfilled lead role in Jurassic World, now that Brolin is no longer the frontrunner for the part. In addition, award-winner Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi) is apparently being courted for a key supporting role in the sci-fi film.

Irrfan Khan may costar in Jurassic World

Pratt has been making his way up the Hollywood ladder, by turning in memorable supporting roles in films like Moneyball, The Five Year Engagement and Zero Dark Thirty in recent years. He also has roles in the fast-approaching Vince Vaughn dramedy Delivery Man and Spike Jonze's buzzed-about man/software romance Her (due before the year closes). However, it'll be in 2014 when Pratt really makes waves on your average moviegoers' radar, by voicing the lead in The LEGO Movie and playing Star-Lord in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Therein lies the dilemma, as Pratt's ongoing Parks and Recreation duties - coupled with his rising star power - may prevent him from being able to join the expedition to Jurassic World. That shouldn't be so much of an obstacle for Khan, who's gained more notice from folk in the U.S. of late, thanks to films like The Darjeeling Limited, Slumdog Millionaire and the aforementioned 2012 releases.

Meanwhile, curiosity about the story for Jurassic World continues to grow, in the absence of any confirmed details. An old plot breakdown leaked months ago, asserting that the movie will feature an operational version of Jurassic Park that (of course) breaks down; something the "World" of the title could be a reference to. However, Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed) are reported to have performed major script revisions, so it's possible that the final cut will be a far cry from what a number of our readers described as "Jurassic Park by way of Jaws 3D."

For certain, though, there won't be dinos with guns; whether that's a good/bad thing, we leave to your discretion.


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

Source: The Wrap

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