The highly anticipated Jurassic World has cast its villain, and it’s not exactly a T-Rex this time around. Deadline reports that Vincent D’Onofrio has landed the antagonist role in director Colin Trevorrow’s follow-up, about which we know next to nothing. One assumes the dinosaurs will still be the main threat for the film’s protagonists as D’Onofrio will likely be playing the pic’s human foil—possibly a person favoring monetary potential over the human life, though it’s also possible that Trevorrow has crafted a decidedly different feature in which a human character is actively controlling/using the dinosaurs to attack the core group of heroes. Hit the jump for more, including news of another cast member being added in a supporting role.
[Update: A new report has revealed the character details for both D’Onofrio’s role and the role to be played by Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), giving us our first hint at the plot of the film. Read on after the jump.]
[Update: The Wrap reports that Khan will be playing Patel, the billionaire owner of a new Jurassic Park, while D’Onofrio will play the CFO of the Patel Corporation. D’Onofrio’s character “projects the image of a normal family man to mask a hidden edge.” Our original story follows below.]
In addition to the casting of D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) has been set in a supporting role for Jurassic World. Khan was first mentioned in connection with the project last year, so this is more of a confirmation that breaking casting news. As for D’Onofrio, this marks the first major villain role in a prominent feature for the actor since 2000’s The Cell. He led the successful TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent for a decade until the show came to a close in 2011, but he’s been booking roles in interesting projects ever since. He recently wrapped The Judge opposite Robert Downey Jr. and will star opposite Liam Neeson in the thriller Run All Night.
Trevorrow co-wrote Jurassic World with Derek Connolly based on an existing script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast is led by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who are joined by youngsters Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) and Ty Simpkins (Insidious). Expect more casting announcements soon as the film gears up to start production in April. Jurassic World will open in 3D on June 12, 2015.