JURASSIC WORLD: First Image of the Film’s New Dinosaur … Sort Of

     June 17, 2014

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In the last few weeks, we’ve heard a lot from Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow about the film’s setting, timeline, characters, and, of course, dinosaurs.  And while we got a few early looks at the sequel’s human characters in these recent images, it’s really the dinos we all want to see.  So imagine our surprise when Trevorrow himself tweeted out the first image of one of the terrible lizards … sort of.

Starring Chris Pratt, Nick RobinsonTy SimpkinsBryce Dallas HowardVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy GreerJurassic World opens June 12, 2015.  Hit the jump to take a look at the new dinosaur image.

Without further ado, here’s the image recently tweeted by Trevorrow which shows off the new dinosaur, or at least its sharp-toothed shadow:

Yeah, so it doesn’t reveal a whole lot, other than it’s a rather crocodilian-looking critter with at least a couple of rows of sharp teeth.  Is it a documented dino, or one that’s dreamed up instead?  We’ll have to wait and see, but until then, here’s what Trevorrow had to say recently about the film’s new dino creation which is a bit spoilery if you’d rather avoid:

Will there be crossbred dinosaurs or new species created for the movie?

We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the park’s geneticists. The gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate—they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that’s what they get.

I know the idea of a modified dinosaur put a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it. But we aren’t doing anything here that Crichton didn’t suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesn’t have a snake’s head or octopus tentacles. It’s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level. For me, it’s a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film. Maybe it sounds crazy, but most of my favorite movies sound crazy when you describe them in a single sentence.

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