Here’s the latest casting news:
- Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, and Lauren Lapkus have joined Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, which stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt.
- Lea Michele and Rohan Chand are negotiating to lead DreamWorks Animation’s Bollywood musical, Bollywood Superstar Monkey.
- John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins, and Jim Belushi sign on for Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s The Man on Carrion Road.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Are you a fan of Jurassic Park? Do you have about $100,000 to spare? Good news! The raptor cage from the beginning of the film is up for bids on eBay. Granted, it wasn’t good enough to save that gatekeeper, but as John Hammond reminded us, all major theme parks have delays, and Jurassic Park was slightly delayed because a velociraptor was chomping on a person. Additionally, this cage is a bit of a fixer-upper, however, it does come with a full-sized raptor prop. And this cage can store all kind of hubris! If you have created a scientific abomination, you now have a place to put it.
Hit the jump to check out some images of the cage. The auction ends today, so spare no expense!
As director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) prepares to begin production on Jurassic World next year, he’s adding a Jurassic Park veteran to his team. Trevorrow has confirmed that Phil Tippett, who acted as “Dinosaur Supervisor” on Steven Spielberg’s original film, will be working on Jurassic World. Tippett, a visual effects supervisor specializing in stop-motion, initially planned to head up the stop-motion dinosaur effects on Jurassic Park before Spielberg opted to try out the nifty new CG technology after seeing tests of James Cameron’s Terminator 2. Nevertheless, he stayed involved with JP and supervised the animation of the dinosaurs given his extensive background in animal movement and behavior. He also became a pretty funny internet meme.
Not necessarily a reboot, Jurassic World is described as “a new sci-fi terror adventure” and will take place 22 years after the events of the first film. The confirmed cast thus far includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins, with Chris Pratt being eyed for a starring role. The film opens in 3D June 12, 2015.
We’ve yet to receive any official plot description for director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, but we’re slowly piecing together some evidence from his own Twitter account. He hasn’t posted any Earth-shattering news of late, but rather bits and pieces which we can use to support other unverified rumors that have been floating around. What we do know at the moment is that Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins star in the 3D sequel due out June 12, 2015. For more on the film’s timeline and possible characters, hit the jump.
Riding sky-high off of his casting in the lead of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt is now in very early talks to join the latest installment of Universal’s prehistoric franchise, Jurassic World. Talks are only in the earliest of stages at the moment and no plot details are available. Pratt will have to make sure his Parks and Recreation commitments don’t interfere, and then his schedule should be clear for the Colin Trevorrow-directed picture. Josh Brolin was previously reported as being eyed for the lead, but talks ended without finalizing a deal. The studio is also looking at Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) for a supporting role. Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins also star in the 3D sequel due out June 12, 2015. (Via The Wrap)
We still don’t know the plot for Colin Trevorrow‘s upcoming Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World, but the casting seems to be coming together. As we previously reported, Ty Simpkins (Insidious) will play one of the leads in the movie, and he’ll possibly be joined by Jake Johnson, Josh Brolin, and Kings of Summer star Nick Robinson. Bryce Dallas Howard was also in the mix, and now she’s confirmed to USA Today, “They’re relaunching the Jurassic Park franchise, so I’ll be chasing dinosaurs. That’s going to happen next year.”
The movie might also be adding Jason Schwartzmann to the cast. According to Hypable [via Bleeding Cool], Schwartzmann is coming on board to face off against dinosaurs. I must admit the thought of that scenario gives me no shortage of joy. Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015.
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.
This week has been a bit of a casting bonanza for Jurassic World, and after adding two youngsters in Iron Man 3’s Ty Simpkins and The Kings of Summer’s Nick Robinson, director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is now eyeing a major star for one of the film’s adult roles. Josh Brolin is reportedly in early talks to star in the Jurassic Park sequel, which is barreling towards a summer 2015 release date. Details regarding Brolin’s character are unknown, but one imagines an actor of his caliber is being eyed for a lead. Previous reports have described Jurassic World as an ensemble piece, much like the first Jurassic Park film, and that would seem to gel with the kind of cast that Trevorrow appears to be assembling. More after the jump.
We may have our first castmember for the upcoming fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise. The Wrap reports that Bryce Dallas Howard is in early talks to star in director Colin Trevorrow’s new film Jurassic World. Howard is apparently negotiating to tackle one of the lead roles in the film, and it will definitely be nice to see a female-led tentpole for a change. Back when Universal decided to push the release date of Jurassic World from 2014 to 2015, Howard and David Oyelowo (The Butler) had reportedly met with producers for the lead roles in the pic, so one wonders if news of Oyelowo entering official negotiations isn’t far off.
Plot details for Jurassic World are practically non-existent at this point, but we do know that the film will possibly be heading back to Isla Nublar. Howard has been working more as a director as of late with a series of short films, as her last two screen credits as an actress are the 2011 films 50/50 and The Help. Jurassic World will open in theaters on June 12, 2015.
We got some very exciting news regarding director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park 4 last night by way of an official title (Jurassic World) and a release date (June 12, 2015), and now another exciting Jurassic World snippet has landed online. A “pitch trailer” that was apparently shown to Steven Spielberg andKathleen Kennedy has been released, and it might just give us the slightest idea of what Jurassic World entails. Producer Frank Marshall has already confirmed that the trailer has nothing to do with the film, but it certainly hints towards a central premise or idea that would inform the Jurassic World title. Might Trevorrow be unleashing dinosaurs on the entire planet this time around? Time will tell, but for now hit the jump to check out this pitch trailer.
Only a few hours after Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5 vacated its prime July 10, 2015 release date in favor of giving the directors some more time to work on the script, Universal has swooped in and plotted June 12, 2015 as the official release for Jurassic Park 4, which is officially titled Jurassic World. The film currently has that release date all to itself, though Assassin’s Creed and Pixar’s Inside Out are scheduled for release the following weekend. Nevertheless, Jurassic World should make a very nice addition to the insane slate of films set to be released in 2015. Hit the jump for more, including the official logo.
Universal Pictures made an admirable decision with regards to the upcoming Jurassic Park 4 recently, in a move that’s become rare for big franchise tentpoles. Instead of rushing towards an announced summer 2014 release date, the studio opted to slow things down and make sure the story for director Colin Trevorrow’s sequel was in good shape before moving into production. As such, JP4 is now positioned for a 2015 release and Trevorrow continues to hone the script with the input of producer Steven Spielberg.
Thus far, details regarding the fourth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise have been practically non-existent. An early image shared by Trevorrow suggests that the film will return to Isla Nublar, but the rumor machine has been plenty busy in the meantime trying to fill in the gaps. Trevorrow recently addressed said rumors and talked about his take on the Jurassic Park franchise, noting that he not only has to please longtime fans of the series but he also aims to make a case for why the film is worthwhile in the first place. Hit the jump to read on.
After moving back from summer 2014 to 2015, director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has more time to work on his follow-up picture, Jurassic Park IV. It’s a major leap for an indie director with only one feature under his belt, but speaking to Schmoes Know on the red carpet at the Saturn Awards, Trevorrow explained that Steven Spielberg has been a valuable resource in trying to hammer out the story. “It’s incredible to have Steven, who’s done this for decades and has such an incredible filmic knowledge and just understands the language of the story in a way that for us is very refreshing,” said Trevorrow. “It’s not like getting notes from a studio executive, it’s really just trying to crack this and make it the best it can be.”
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While many were disappointed to hear that Universal was slowing Jurassic Park 4 down a bit by postponing its previously announced 2014 release, it actually marked a pretty gutsy and atypical move for a major studio. In a climate where release dates are announced before films even have a script, it’s refreshing to see that Universal wants to make sure Jurassic Park 4 is done right, and if that means holding off its release for another year, then so be it. One reason for the delay was said to be that director Colin Trevorrow’s (Safety Not Guaranteed) rewrite of the script involved a much larger scope than had been previously anticipated, and so the production needed more time to ready the shoot.
Now a rumored plot synopsis has landed online, and it’s definitely an ambitious scale for the dinosaur-laden franchise entry. Hit the jump for more.
Though Jurassic Park IV was initially targeted for a very rushed release in 2014, Universal wisely decided not to rush production and recently announced that the production had been postponed in order to give director Colin Trevorrow enough time to adequately prep the shoot. The franchise entry is a massive undertaking regardless, but it also marks Safety Not Guaranteed director Trevorrow’s first studio film and early word is that his rewrite of the script involves some pretty impressive (and time consuming) set pieces that need careful attention.
Following the postponement news, most assumed that we would likely see Jurassic Park IV hit theaters in 2015 instead. A new banner for the film at the 2013 Licensing Expo suggests that the film will indeed hit theaters sometime in 2015, and we have also learned that the pic will be shot in 3D. Hit the jump for more. [Update: Variety has confirmed that Jurassic Park IV will indeed be released in 2015, adding that Steven Spielberg is currently in town working with producers and Trevorrow on the JP4 script before he jumps into pre-production on American Sniper.]