Every year dozens of movie remakes and sequels are released. Every once in awhile there comes a movie that in some ways is both – it continues the original story but adds in enough new characters and elements to revitalize the series like a remake would. One example of a recent sequel that also managed to achieve the same goals as a remake is Jurassic World.
Jurassic World was certainly a sequel, the film made numerous references to the events of Jurassic Park and the two films that followed. It also brought back B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu — a character who had not been seen since the first film. However, while Wu was a returning character, the rest of the cast was new to the series. And these new characters dealt with a new scenario, not alone on an abandoned island covered in dinosaurs, but in a theme park full of dinosaurs. The movie breathed enough new life into the series to warrant its own sequel, Jurassic World 2, which has begun filming and will be released next year.
And today the movie’s director J.A. Bayona announced on Twitter that a film legend has joined the cast — Geraldine Chaplin:
Calling Geraldine Chaplin a legend is almost an understatement. She’s the daughter of Charlie Chaplin, one of the most successful silent film stars in the early days of Hollywood, and one of the few who continued to act frequently once talking pictures replace the silent film. He began appearing in movies in 1914 and continued to work in the industry until his death in 1977.
Geraldine Chaplin is also the granddaughter of the great American playwright Eugene O’Neill. In fact, nearly every member of her family has worked in the arts or continues to do so, as her daughter Oona Chaplin has been seen in everything from Game of Thrones to Quantum of Solace to the recently aired Taboo on BBC and FX.
For her part, Geraldine has appeared in many films, including Doctor Zhivago, Jane Eyre, and Chaplin — which is based on the life of her father and in which she played her own Grandmother. Fluent in Spanish and French, she has also starred in numerous foreign language films. She’s also worked with director Bayona before, in The Orphanage, The Impossible and his most recent film, the visually impressive A Monster Calls. So far no details about her role have been released, but given her record working with Bayona, it stands to reason it will be a significant one, regardless of its size.
Source: J.A. Bayona
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