Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom spares no expense
Who knew we’d end up back on the original Jurassic Park island for the third time? The fifth in the franchise but confusingly Jurassic World 2 as it follows up Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s 2015 tooth-dodging adventures, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom looks like another doomed trip to Isla Nublar. This time though, new director J.A. Bayona - taking over from Colin Trevorrow who is on writing duties this time around - has snared Ian Malcolm himself, Jeff Goldblum, to return to the series. Maybe he left a goat out tied to a post? However he did it, Bayona’s not-so-extinct offering looks like it promises plenty of meatosauruses threatening Starlord and co. and that’s no bad thing in our book. Here’s everything we know about the second in the proposed trilogy so far.
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Jurassic World 2 - Fast facts:
- Jurassic World 2 release date: June 7, 2018 (UK)/June 22, 2018 (US)
- Director: J.A. Bayona
- Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Jeff Goldblum
- Writers: Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly
Jurassic World 2 release date is June this year
Well the good news is that we don’t even have long to wait until Fallen Kingdom hits cinemas. Jurassic World 2’s release date is June 7 in the UK and forcing those in the US to be a little more patient and wait until June 22. This is prime summer blockbuster season so cinemas will still be busy with Solo: A Star Wars Story and we’ll already have seen exactly who manages to survive Avengers: Infinity War. In a year of heavy hitting sequels, Fallen Kingdom definitely adds a sense of roaring gravitas to proceedings.
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Jurassic World 2 trailers have all the teeth and explosions
Two official trailers have landed for Fallen Kingdom and while we’d rather not see quite as much of the movie - how is it possible to fit hours into a matter of minutes? - there’s some tantalising teases of what’s to come. The latest Jurassic World 2 trailer comes courtesy of The Super Bowl, and has a particularly creepy introduction as the original JP theme chirps away on what sounds like a wind up toy and a raptor invades the bedroom of a little girl. Yep, there’s even that iconic claw tap to make sure you know exactly what you’re watching. Check it out below.
The first trailer last year was more of a scene setter, reuniting the clearly now not romantically involved Owen Grady (Pratt) and Clare Dearing (Dallas Howard). Sending the pair back to Isla Nublar on a rescue mission certainly sounds a little like not just professional suicide for the pair but of course they’re going back anyway. What’s a little death by volcano or dinosaur between friends?
This Fallen Kingdom trailer also shows our first look at Ian Malcolm who is still very much in the ‘life finds a way’ camp and clearly not pro the idea of the dinosaurs coming back to populated land. Given that he was the one who had to pick up the (literal) pieces when that T-Rex arrived in San Diego back in The Lost World, I’m kind of on his side. Take a look. Oh, and if that slow Jurassic Park theme doesn’t get the hairs on your arms up, there might actually be something wrong with you…
Jurassic World 2 plot isn’t just about saving the dinosaurs
Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady sums up the Jurassic World 2 plot nicely when he says “A rescue op to save the dinosaurs from an island that’s about to explode? What could go wrong?” What could go wrong indeed. Surely you don't care this much about Blue the raptor, Grady? From the trailers, it looks like some of the movie will be about the rescue operation from the island before a volcano erupts while other parts might see dinosaurs making their way to places that there are significantly more humans wandering around like happy meals on legs. That little girl from the trailer shouldn’t be on the island for one thing… There's also the small problem of the 'Indoraptor' revealed in the second trailer. This looks like a raptor version of the Indominus Rex from Jurassic World. Why anyone would want that monstrosity meshed with a raptor is anyone's guess...
Speaking to ComingSoon.net Jurassic World director and Fallen Kingdom writer Colin Trevorrow revealed exactly what the thinking was behind the Jurassic World sequel and it’s all based on a quote from the original Spielberg movie.“‘Dinosaurs and man, separated by 65 million years of evolution have been thrown back into the mix together. How can we know what to expect?’,” he ponders. “It will get to be a different kind of film. The audience has given us permission to a certain extent to take this to the next level, and I don’t necessarily mean in scale, I feel very strongly that it’s not about more dinosaurs or bigger and better dinosaurs, it’s about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals and about animals in general and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life.”
This isn’t just about a theme park anymore. Trevorrow and co are clearly re-introducing dinosaurs to the wider world and the power struggles that come with that will be fun to watch. Whether it’s the direct struggle as humans battle to survive or the corporate money making opportunities as companies get to grips with the new possibilities, it’s going to make for exciting viewing. If this is the way the tone will stay, I can imagine that the third in the trilogy might follow a different quote from the original from Laura Dern’s Dr Ellie Sattler. “You never had control, that's the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too, I didn't have enough respect for that power and it's out now.” Anyone else up for Planet of the Apes meets Jurassic Park….?
Jurassic World 2 cast reunites the surviving crew and, yes, Jeff Goldblum is back
So as you’ve seen, both Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt are back for some awkward will they/won’t they comedy as raptor handler Owen and ex park manager Clare avoid becoming lunch. Given that they’re very much not in a relationship anymore, I’d expect some extended peril to change their minds. But honestly? Who cares about those two when the leather trouser clad Ian Malcolm is back in town?
Unfortunately Jeff Goldblum is apparently only in the movie in cameo status so who knows if he’s in much more than the court scene in the trailer. If the dinosaurs do end up in a populated area, that cameo extending to a quotable akin to ‘I told you so’ would be much appreciated but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Also adding some gravitas to proceedings is actor Toby Jones. He was rumoured to be joining the cast alongside Rafe Spall so I’d expect to see these two in potentially nefarious roles as those who are aiming to profit from the dinosaurs. Jones certainly looks villainous on a podium introducing the 'Indoraptor' in the latest trailer. This means that bonus returning cast member BD Wong as Dr Henry Wu, the original lead biologist of the park, has been back to play with even more test tubes. This is not going to be pretty.
Jurassic World 2 poster knows that ‘Life finds a way’
The Fallen Kingdom poster doesn’t exactly break the Jurassic Park mould but there’s a stylish simplicity at work here. Ian Malcolm’s quote ominously takes centre stage and the flecks of ash and fire make it clear that all is not well on Isla Nublar. That T-Rex skeleton is now so iconic that very little needs to be said about the imagery but it’s a definite statement of intent. Here be monsters. Again.
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Jurassic World 2 director is The Orphanage helmer J.A Bayona
He’s new to the franchise but Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona, has been hand-selected for a very specific reason. "[Jurassic World 2] will be more suspenseful and scary,” writer Colin Trevorrow told Jurassic Outpost. “It’s just the way it's designed; it's the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set.”
Between the terrifying Spanish chiller The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls and various music videos, Bayona has proven adept at handling a wide range of genres from horror to fantasy drama – making it tough to pin down a specific direction for JW2. A sensible conclusion appears to be a family film with a few seriously shocking moments. Think along the lines of Jaws’ human-head-in-abandoned-boat jump scare. So far from that bedroom raptor attack, we’d say he’s nailing it.
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