Idris Elba Cast in JURASSIC WORLD?; Jason Statham May Join Paul Feig’s SUSAN COOPER; Nelsan Ellis Cast in James Brown Pic, GET ON UP

     October 21, 2013


Here’s a bit more casting for you this evening:

  • Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) is rumored to be starring in director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World.  The fourth picture in the Jurassic Park franchise stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), and Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey).
  • Jason Statham (Homefront) is about to enter negotiations to star in Paul Feig’s upcoming spy comedy, Susan Cooper, starring Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) in the title role.
  • Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) has landed the role of Bobby Byrd in Tate Taylor’s James Brown pic, Get on Up.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

idris-elbaNews of Elba’s casting in Jurassic World comes via a casting announcement.  Casting is currently underway in Los Angeles, Louisiana and Hawaii.  This isn’t a confirmed synopsis, but more of a general description of one, and it likely gives an idea of what the fourth dino flick is about:

“Jurassic World” is set in present day Isla Nublar, now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe – until it’s not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino’s for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there’s concept art showing one of the aquatic dino’s, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world.

As for Statham, CinemaBlend originally reported that the action star was being eyed to star in Susan Cooper.  Deadline follows up today with news that Statham’s camp is about to enter negotiations for the picture.  If a deal closes, he would play a spy on the same side as the bumbling title agent.

Deadline also reports that Ellis will star in Get on Up as Byrd, a longtime friend and musical collaborator of Brown, who will be played by Chadwick Boseman (42).  Viola Davis (The Help) and Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) also star.  Production on the Universal picture is set to begin this November in Mississippi.

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  • Norrtron

    I’m down to watch Idris Elba fight dinosaurs, I really like the potential casting of him and Josh Brolin.

    • The Flobbit

      I can just imagine him. “Today we face the dinos that are at our door and bring the fight to them. TODAY WE ARE POST-PONING THE APOCALYPSE UNTIL THE INEVITABLE SEQUEL!”

  • Ryan Donnell

    Man Jurassic World looks to be insane with casting.

  • AdeoAdversary

    Anything with Idris Elba is by default made just a little bit cooler. Not that dinosaurs needed to get cooler.

  • Christopher Harper

    I’d like to point out that anyone who knows much about dinosaurs should know that there aren’t any “underwater dinosaurs.” There were (and still are some) aquatic reptiles, like turtles, mosasaurs, and pliesiosaurs. I assume it’s those they are referring to as “underwater dinosaurs.”

    • Norrtron

      I don’t think historical accuracy is their main concentration.

      • Christopher Harper

        Funny considering Jack Horner, a successful and knowledgeable paleontologist, was hired as a consultant on the previous three films precisely because they were concerned with accuracy.

      • Norrtron

        Ok, I guess I’m the one who just doesn’t really care then, I just want dinos to tear shit up and for the movie to have a good script.

      • Christopher Harper

        Accuracy is a big part of that script IMO. They are based on Chrichton novels, which are built around scientific concepts, and have previously worked with the most up-to-date information available. I expect them to do so again. I also really hope that it doesn’t take place in a theme park, but instead looks at a world where the dinosaurs have escaped the islands and are messing with the world’s ecosystems (which was the worst case scenario in the books). That would be awesome.

      • The Driver

        The both the movies and books take a ton of liberties with scientific accuracy though. Just look at the velociraptors…

      • Christopher Harper

        For the first film they lucked out with the discovery of the Utahraptor (which actually was the size portrayed in the film). The books had them at the correct scale, if I remember correctly. The film made them larger out of necessity anyway, much harder to make something the size of a cat scary (or fit someone into a costume for them)

      • The Driver

        Oh I get taking liberties for film making but this is also the same series that has a pretty undersized Dilophosaurus spitting venom with a crazy neck frill, camouflaged Carnotauruses, or Procompsognathuses with venomous bites lol.

        It seems like they don’t go as nuts on the herbivores though, only the meat eaters get hyped up with strange properties.

        I love the series btw, really wish Crichton hadn’t kick the bucket so we’d have gotten another book maybe :( just saying the series isn’t super true to life, which is kind of why I love it haha. Really pulling for those Carnos to show up in JW.

      • Christopher Harper

        All of those are things the science can’t disprove. Some of them even make sense, considering dinosaurs were a diverse group that lived for several millions of years. Certainly any venomous ones are extremely likely.

      • NICK НΛRT

        you must be soo fun to hang out with and talk about sci films. has it occurred to you that not only is that not an official synopsis, so it’s possible that those aquatic creatures arent even in the film, but whoever wrote it is not directly related to the production, and is probably just using THEIR own terms to describe things? also has it occured to you that THIS IS A SCI FI FILM AND NO ONE REALLY CARES HOW MUCH YOU KNOW ABOUT DINOSAURS

      • Water Dino #1

        That’s the plot for Jurassic Park 5


    You know I’d be more excited to hear that a seasoned and skilled writer and director and visual effects artist was working on a Jurassic Park movie than I am in filling the cast with popular actors.

  • Adam Heatherly

    confirm the original cast already

  • The Flobbit

    How is it that first-time director Colin Treverrow seems to know more about blockbuster film-making than Hollywood’s finest? This guy REALLY knows his stuff.

  • Melwing

    Idris Elba should play Ian Malcolm’s son

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