Vincent D’Onofrio to Play Villain in JURASSIC WORLD [Updated with Character Details]

     February 28, 2014


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.]

vincent-donofrio-jurrassic-world[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.


  • milo

    Funny, in those movies I’ve always considered the dinosaur to the be the villain.

    • Dr. Grant

      Well John Hammond makes some pretty unethical decisions and could be seen as a villain. But Dodgson is the villain in both the first and second as he is the one trying to steal the dinosaur embryos and eggs, and is the one who causes the hero to be attacked by the dinosaurs in the first place. The villains are the evil corporations, not the dinosaurs.

      • Eugene

        It’s too bad Dodgson wasn’t in the film sequel like he was in the book. Such a great villain

    • jack

      Can’t fault the dinosaur for acting naturally.

  • Yurine

    so they’ll be talking dinosaur’s in this movie? lol

  • Nomis1700

    This is getting more and more interesting! Absolutely love it that this’ll be shot with 35 and 65mm camera’s. I’m very pleased that D’Onofrio plays a villain and that Khan will be in this as well.

  • Mezmero

    Good news so far. I just don’t if it will have the same weight as the first 3. The VFX should prove to be stellar.

  • Steven

    Great casting. Love him.

  • Eugene

    I vaguely remember people talking about a totally out-there script for a potential Jurassic Park 4 where the Dinosaurs had spread into the wider world. Considering the title, I wonder if this film will be based on that script?

  • Joe M.

    Raptors were the villains of the first film, not the T-Rex.

  • orianalianna

    No Jeff Goldblum no my money. It’s not on an island anymore, Ian Malcom would so be picketing the opening of this park and so would the original cast. It’s insulting to call this Jurassic Park and have not one single character from the first film back. What did they all just drop dead?

    LAZY half assed writing is what this is. It sounds like a Zombie movie.

  • The Flobbit

    That is great casting! He can pull off slimy and evil like nobody’s business.

  • YodaRocks

    A Patel as the owner of Jurrasic World? Expect separate enclosures for carnivorous dinosaurs and a ban on hunting T-Rex hunting other dinos.

    • The Flobbit

      Life of Patel: in a lifeboat with a diplodocus, a triceratops, and a velociraptor. Which story do you believe?

      • Sam

        change lifeboat to a marooned empty luxury liner and we have a thriller!!!

    • Pk

      Your point?

  • shit@poop.ass

    Poor man’s Ruffalo? Great…

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