Filming has begun for Jurassic World 2 and the cast and crew have decided to tease fans with posts on social media, leaving them to wonder what to expect with this next installment of the popular dinosaur franchise.
Returning for more dino fun is Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, reprising their roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing. Joining them is B.D. Wong, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, and Ted Levine. Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly wrote the script. Director J.A. Bayona recently announced legendary actress Geraldine Chaplin had joined the cast, but did not reveal any details of her role in the film.
This is not too much of a surprise since specific details of the movie have been kept secret. The most that has been released is a new photo from Trevorrow. It shows a picture of young girl with her back to the camera in what appears to be a dimly lit room in a museum with seven dinosaur skeletons.
— JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) March 8, 2017
Since there were no girls of this age in the first Jurassic World, one can only speculate who she may be. The daughter of Owen and Claire? The child of Lex or Tim from the original Jurassic Park, which would link the old and new films of the franchise? Or could it be a flashback to Claire as a child visiting Hammond’s place at a young age, which might explain how she decided to work at Jurassic World.
Or in a fun turn of events, maybe it is a sign that the movie is going to move onto the mainland, similar to Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World, when a T-Rex was loose in the streets of San Diego. The room in the picture does resemble the New York American Natural History Museum. Dinosaurs take Manhattan?
Trevorrow has stated that this movie would not be the normal “chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast.” Plus, Bayona said that he was “surprised when [Trevorrow] pitched the story because it leads the story to a place that we’ve never seen before.”
There has also been the rumor that this sequel will deal with animal rights, serving as a parable for the way we treat animals in the real world. Now that the actual amusement park is shut down, what happens to the creatures? Will people fight to preserve them and attempt some sort of rescue? Or will the government try to bomb the island and wipe them out or maybe use them for military purposes? There was a logline that was recently revealed for Jurassic World 2 that leans toward that theory, stating, “The adventures at the Jurassic World resort and theme park continue as the government has trained dinosaurs to carry weapons and use them for battle purposes.”
The final rumor has been a volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar that would be the reason for a rescue mission.
All that really is known is that Bayona has said that this film will pay tribute to the franchise but will be “darker and scarier. It is the second step in a trilogy, and the second step is always dark, as in The Empire Strikes Back or the Wrath of Khan, which are the examples you always get.” This film is taking bigger steps that the viewers are not expecting, leaving them shocked.
Jurassic World 2 will premiere in U.S. theaters June 22, 2018.