Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom unveils the teaser to the sequel’s first official trailer, confirming the full preview arrives this Thursday. The Jurassic Park franchise kicked off with Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel by the same name, which has since become a beloved sci-fi classic. Thanks to the success of Jurassic Park, the movie about a theme park dedicated to bio-engineered dinosaurs inspired a series of sequels, most of which were relatively successful.

However, the series seemed to conclude after Jurassic Park III in 2001 – that is, until Colin Trevorrow revived the franchise with Jurassic World. The 2015 return to Jurassic Park – this time with a fully functioning theme park – was a direct sequel to Spielberg’s original movie and a massive success, earning $1.672 billion at the box office. Given its success, Jurassic World earned a sequel, though Trevorrow stepped down as director and passed the reins to J.A. Bayona. Now, a trailer teaser for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom confirms the first full trailer arrives this week.

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During Football Night in America, Jurassic World star Chris Pratt unveiled the teaser for the upcoming Fallen Kingdom trailer. A (slightly different) teaser has been released online, which you can check out above, that confirms the first Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer arrives on Thursday.

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Although the trailer teaser is predictably short, it offers fans their first glimpse of new character played by Justice Smith, whose young scientist in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has remained largely a mystery. Additionally, the teaser welcomes back Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, who were the lead characters in Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. Though Trevorrow didn’t direct Fallen Kingdom, he did reteam with his Jurassic World co-screenwriter Derek Connolly to pen the sequel’s script.

Fallen Kingdom additionally features the return of B.D. Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu, who was a villain of sorts in Jurassic World, as well as original Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician specializing in Chaos Theory who was a fan favorite in the original series. These cast members are set to be joined by fellow Fallen Kingdom co-stars James Cromwell – whose character has a connection to John Hammond, the founder of Jurassic Park – Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, and Rafe Spall.

While it remains to be seen whether Fallen Kingdom will be as successful as Jurassic World – or, more specifically, if it will top $1 billion at the box office – fans excited to return to this cinematic world of dinosaurs are undoubtedly eager to see the first trailer this week. The full preview will give viewers a better idea of what to expect from Bayona’s take on the Jurassic Park franchise. Already, the teaser for Fallen Kingdom is darker than Jurassic World, depicting a dangerous stampede of dinosaurs from a fiery forest and erupting volcano, though that may be expected from a director known for horror film The Orphanage and monstrous drama A Monster Calls. Still, we’ll know more about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and what Bayona brings to the franchise, once the first trailer debuts this week.

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Source: NBCUniversal

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