Update 3/26: Jake Johnson was one of the earliest names rumored for Jurassic World, but when Chris Pratt was confirmed for the film, many assumed Johnson had lost the part. However, the very funny, affable actor just confirmed (warning the interview has spoilers about the New Girl season finale) that he is indeed in the film:
Did you get involved with “Jurassic World” because of Colin Trevorrow, who directed you in “Safety Not Guaranteed”?
Absolutely. Now, I’m also a huge fan of “Jurassic Park.” When I was growing up and “Jurassic Park” came out, I freaked out like every other kid. I was born in ’78, so I was, like, 12. If it wasn’t Colin and someone said they wanted me in “Jurassic Park,” I would jump on it. The fact that it’s Colin, written by Derek Connolly (who wrote “Safety Not Guaranteed”) and both those guys are personal friends, I’d go through a wall.
We’re not entirely sure who Johnson will be playing (we’re hoping for the spiritual successor to Ian Malcolm), but he now joins Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, and Omar Sy in the film.
Also, we’ve updated the below with two new pieces of concept art for the film from The Film Stage.
Previously 3/25/14: ‘Jurassic World’ Concept Art Shows Off the Resort Before It Gets Destroyed
Some people freak out about the earliest paparazzi set pics of the latest superhero movie. I couldn’t care less about them. Show me an early look at a new Jurassic Park movie, however, and I might geek out a bit. And that’s precisely what’s happened this week thanks to some Jurassic World concept art from Nathan Schroeder.
Schroeder’s been working in the industry for quite some time now, and his personal site is filled with very cool pieces of concept art from movies like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull up to Thor: The Dark World. He’s got a real knack for creating landscapes and grand spaces for action to take place in, and it looks like for Jurassic World he’s been tasked with designing the new resort that’s sure to get demolished by dinosaurs.
Two pieces of Schroeder’s art hit the Web (via Slashfilm), and they appear to feature two alternate versions of the resort, but both share something in common: an enormous waterfall flowing from inside the island that dumps out into a lagoon, and an elevated track that seems to race all around the island’s mountain peaks (presumably this is where the guided part of the tour will take place). Also worth pointing out is that the wide version, the one with the water huts, appears to have pterodactyls soaring overhead.
But really, it’s that waterfall that has me the most intrigued. Fans of the book will surely remember the rafting scene involving the T. rex and a waterfall. This was cannibalized a bit and used in The Lost World, but maybe we’ll be getting a new version this time around. Steven Spielberg had always wanted to include it in the original Jurassic Park (you can see concept art of that above), but it was cut due to budget reasons.
Jurassic World hits theaters on June 12, 2015.
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