Director Colin Trevorrow found the female (human) lead in Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation) for Jurassic World - the fourth installment in the sci-fi Jurassic Park franchise - fairly early on, as rumors about the actress' involvement were floated even before the film was delayed from a 2014 to 2015 release date. However, since then, there have been a number of unconfirmed reports about potential actors to play the male lead in the upcoming fourth bout between humans and genetically-engineered dinosaurs (set in the present day).
The list of candidates mentioned to date includes such acclaimed names as Josh Brolin (Labor Day), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Jason Schwartzman (Saving Mr. Banks) and, most recently, Parks and Recreation's fan-favorite Chris Pratt, who will get his big break when he co-anchors Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios next year.
Pratt confirmed to News. com.au that he is in final negotiations to join the cast of Jurassic World. While the deal has not been sealed yet (officially, anyway), Pratt informed the site that:
"I know I want to do it and I know the director (Colin Trevorrow) wants me to do it so now it's just a matter of everyone coming together and making sure it can work."
Most recently, a heftier Pratt appeared onscreen in the Vince Vaughn dramedy Delivery Man (read our review), where he portrayed a stay-at-home father who'd gone to seed a bit while caring for his four children. Of course, after production wrapped on that film, Pratt set hard to work losing fat and gaining muscle to portray the rascally intergalactic thief Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Marvel's Guardians comic book movie.
As you can see from this selfie that he posted, Pratt is now in the perfect shape to spend his days running away from dino animatronics and/or green screen props (which will later be turned into prehistoric beasts during post-production).
Official details on Jurassic World are scarce at this point, so here is what we know thus far:
- Jurassic World picks up in real-time after Jurassic Park (i.e. some 22 years later).
- It will not reboot the series' continuity, but will feature an all-new human cast.
- The human lineup will include both adults and children, similar to the previous Jurassic Park installments.
- The film will return to Isla Nublar (the island in the first movie), rather than Isla Sorna/Site B featured in the sequels The Lost World and Jurassic Park III (assuming that plan hasn't changed since filming was pushed back).
Beyond that, all we have are rumors and whispers about what the Jurassic World screenplay - written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed) based on a previous draft that was penned by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) - entails; not to mention, speculation about how, exactly, Trevorrow and his writers will justify the existence of a fourth Jurassic Park movie, for reasons other than financial incentive.
Are you more, less or equally excited/unexcited to see Jurassic World, now that Chris Pratt looks to have the male lead role in the bag? Let us know in the comments section!
Jurassic World opens in 2D and 3D theaters on June 12th, 2015.
You can see Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy on the big screen, starting on August 1st, 2014; he'll also voice the lead in the animated The LEGO Movie, which hits theaters on February 7th next year.