In the age of reboots and long awaited sequels, Jurassic World was one of the more surprising successes from last year. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens received much of the attention for 2015, but hardly anybody expected Jurassic World to be a record-setting film. Grossing $1.67 billion worldwide is no small feat, giving Universal confidence in their newest franchise; but when it comes to the sequel, connections have not been as heavy handed as fans would have thought.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have both already been confirmed to reappear as Owen and Claire respectively, but other cast members have not had the same luxury. Jurassic World 2 will be without Jake Johnson's Lowery Cruthers and there has so far been no indication that either of Claire's nephews - played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins - will appear again. However, Jurassic Park and Jurassic World star BD Wong has now been all-but confirmed to appear.
While speaking to Cinema Blend, executive producer Frank Marshall was asked about the ending to Jurassic World and the chances of BD Wong returning. Instead of following the traditional route for franchises to remain coy about which characters could be appearing, Marshall confirms that Henry Wu and his stolen dinosaur embryos will be back:
When they take off in helicopters, you know they're probably going to come back.
Now that it is confirmed that Henry Wu will be making his third appearance in the franchise, the story for the film potentially becomes a bit more clear. It is hardly a surprise that the sequel will continue the ideas presented in Jurassic World, but with more dinosaur embryos in the hands of InGen, the potential is there for more hybrid creations from the minds of mad scientists.
So far, the only new additions to the cast have been Toby Jones and Rafe Spall as 'key roles,' but given this recent confirmation, both would appear to fit the mold of fellow scientists and researchers for InGen. It seems very possible that Wong, Jones, and Spall could be working together to bread a new type of dinosaur with military capability, but any confirmations on this speculation will have to wait.
Meanwhile, Wong's appearance continues to link the new franchise back to the first film. With the success of Jurassic World, it would seem more likely that other characters from the first films could reappear as well, but so far there has not yet been any real signs pointing to this happening. Instead, Sam Neill reasons Alan Grant won't return because he is either retired or dead, but Jeff Goldblum is open to the idea of coming back. Time will tell whether or not Universal brings more familiar faces into the franchise, but for now BD Wong will continue to serve as the connecting tissue.
Source: Cinema Blend
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