It's a wrap for principal photography on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The sequel to the massively successful reboot of the dino-franchise is being directed by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), who is working with original Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow to expand the Isla Nublar adventures. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back to reprise their roles from World among a mostly all-new cast, while Jeff Goldblum makes his return to the franchise as the memorable mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm.
The main cast has been filming Fallen Kingdom for the past few months, first in London, then later on location in Hawaii. Producer Frank Marshall revealed it was all set to finish this week, and now it's official.
As revealed by Bayona himself on Twitter on Saturday, Fallen Kingdom has finished filming after over four months of shoots. "This is a wrap for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom! What a journey! Thank you to everyone that made it possible," the tweet reads. Filming for the movie officially started on Feb. 24, when Howard revealed that the cameras had begun rolling.
— JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) July 9, 2017
Trevorrow also congratulated Bayona on completing production for Fallen Kingdom by posting the following image (of Bayona on the film's set aside a practical T-Rex) to his Twitter account:
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) July 9, 2017
The conclusion of filming follows up fresh set photos showing Pratt and Howard washing ashore on a beach, revealing the leading pair were with the shoot right until the end. Goldblum had begun filming his scenes as Dr. Malcolm back in May, but it's unclear when he finished. While reshoots are certainly inevitable, this marks the end of principal photography for Fallen Kingdom.
Trevorrow hasn't hesitated to praise Bayona's work on Fallen Kingdom, teasing a sequel that will be better than his installment and one that would go more into the series' innate horror side, fitting of Bayona's scare background with movies like The Orphanage.
From all we've learned, it appears that Jurassic World 2 will explore some complex social and political themes, although Bayona certainly seemed keen to deliver some satisfying entertainment as well. It remains to be seen how all of the sequel's seemingly disparate parts will fit together, but Trevorrow's comments are definitely heartening. With filming completed and the first trailer possibly on the horizon, though, fans hopefully won't have to wait long to get their first look at Bayona's work.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018