Last year, Jurassic World managed to successfully relaunch the Jurassic Park franchise, which had been dormant for 14 years following the release of Jurassic Park III. Now Universal is gearing up to start shooting the second installment of this new trilogy, Jurassic World 2, in March. Though shooting is just several months away, we still don't know much about the new movie. Now, thanks to producer Frank Marshall, we at least know one detail; BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu.
The producer recently spoke with Cinema Blend and was asked directly about BD Wong returning for Jurassic World 2. Given how the first Jurassic World left the character, leaving the island with all of his dinosaur embryos, it seemed likely he would come back for Jurassic World 2, and Frank Marshall didn't play coy, confirming that to be the case. Here is what he had to say.
"When they take off in helicopters, you know they're probably going to come back."
Director J.A. Bayona recently teased that Jurassic World 2 will also be Jurassic Park 5 in his eyes, meaning that it will have connective tissue to the original movies. Bringing back BD Wong, who starred in the original Jurassic Park, is a good way to do that. Jurassic World was most definitely a sequel and not a reboot, but it did, in a lot of ways, feel like it's own thing. So it could wind up being interesting seeing more of a "Jurassic Park 5" take. Also speaking with Cinema Blend recently, here is what J.A. Bayona had to say about the upcoming sequel.
"I think somehow it's both. It's a very good question, and what we're doing is a sequel to Jurassic World, but it's definitely the fifth chapter of a longer saga. It's very interesting. It's always tricky, but you need to find a balance in what people expect to find, and the new stuff you're bringing to the story. And I think the story is looking for a connection between Jurassic World and Jurassic Park -- more than what Jurassic World did."
Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, decided not to direct this time around, though he is still very much involved with the project. He is on as a producer and is co-writing the script, so he will have a big hand in shaping Jurassic World 2. This will be director J.A. Bayona's follow-up to his critically acclaimed A Monster Calls, which looks to be an awards season favorite this year. As for how the story will play out, it still remains a bit of a mystery, but we do know that both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be back to reprise their roles. The only other additions to the cast have come in the form of Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. The creative team behind Jurassic World 2 has also promised that the movie will be scarier, it will include new dinosaurs and it will include more practical dinosaurs.
Jurassic World definitely succeeded in getting people interested in the franchise again, as the movie made $1.67 billion worldwide, while also managing to garner pretty decent critical and fan reception. This prompted Universal to move ahead with two more installments, which will start when Jurassic World 2 begins filming in March. Jurassic World 2 is currently set to hit theaters on June 22, 2018.