Acting regularly since the mid-80s, B.D. Wong has managed to carve out quite the impressive career for himself as a character actor. Wong may not get many lead roles, but he's an actor that can be counted on to give his all to whatever part he is given. Wong is probably most closely associated with his decade-plus tenure portraying forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang on the long-running NBC police procedural Law & Order: SVU, but has more recently turned in memorable performances as both Whiterose on USA's Mr. Robot and the sinister Dr. Hugo Strange on FOX's Gotham.
As far as feature film roles go though, easily Wong's best-known would be Dr. Henry Wu, the chief geneticist at John Hammond's original Jurassic Park project. While his screen time in the film is limited, Wong doesn't fail to make an impression with viewers, especially during his somewhat bemused back and forth with Jeff Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm concerning the park's engineering of all the dinosaurs to be female.
After sitting out both The Lost World and Jurassic Park III, Dr. Wu was reintroduced into the JP franchise in 2015's Jurassic World, and was once again in charge of genetically engineering the park's dinosaur attractions. However, unlike his seemingly benign younger self, the older Wu was eventually revealed to be a villain, secretly working with InGen's corrupt chief of security Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio) to create dangerous hybrids like the Indominous Rex in order to eventually sell them as weapons. Wong was confirmed as returning for Jurassic World 2 back in November, and has now released a photo teasing his involvement with the sequel. Check it out below.
Wong's choice of co-star in the above photo seems quite appropriate, as another famous exchange from the first Jurassic Park features Dr. Wu amusingly explaining to a shocked Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) that the park's scientists had indeed successfully bred velociraptors. Jurassic World fans will also no doubt remember that it was Wu's inclusion of raptor DNA in the Indominus Rex that contributed to making it such a fearsome foe, although he opted to not inform his boss Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) of this fact until it was already too late.
Actual plot details concerning Jurassic World 2 remain frustratingly vague at this point, but it seems fair to say that whatever Dr. Wu gets up to in it probably won't be very good. Wu showed zero remorse at all the lives lost to the Indominus' rampage, and is clearly beyond caring about the consequences of his immoral actions. It's unlikely that 1993 audiences would have ever imagined that he'd turn out to be so malevolent.
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- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018