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It's been nearly 25 years since the start of the Jurassic Park film franchise, and the latest entry into the series proved that audiences' desire to see humans tamper with nature and bring dinosaurs to life was still strong. Jurassic World went on to gross nearly $1.7 billion at the box office and receive very positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, who found it to be more entertaining than the previous sequels and enjoyed the performances of stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

As the biggest success for the franchise since the original, Universal greenlit a sequel to continue a new trilogy of films, and the cast for the sequel just got a little bigger with the latest casting of James Cromwell, as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter.

Cromwell joins returning cast members Pratt and Howard, as well as new cast members Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs), Toby Jones (Wayward Pines) and Justice Smith (The Get Down). With the plot for the sequel being kept under wraps, there has been no confirmation as to who Cromwell will be playing, but there's one theory that is the most likely.

The Maniacal Owner Of The InGen Company

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]

Always portrayed as the evil company looming over the events of each film, InGen have always been a fairly secretive group whose motives were never fully explained until World, which gave a big insight into them. The company is represented in the film primarily through Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), the head of InGen's security operations, who constantly tries to convince both Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) and Owen Grady (Pratt) that the dinosaurs would be of great use for their military operations, especially Grady's raptors.

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]

While Hoskins' plans to use the raptors backfired and led to his death, he was able to get Dr. Henry Wu off the island in time with his dinosaur embryos to preserve the research for InGen. Wu's evacuation not only opens up the door for the sequel's story, but as well for new characters, especially Cromwell.

The 77-year-old veteran actor has performed in a number of roles, but in the past five years, he's become more well-known for his antagonistic roles in films including Big Hero 6 and TV shows including American Horror Story: Asylum and The Young Pope.

Having seen how believable he can be as a more menacing character, it's easy to believe that Cromwell could be a villain to the lead characters. Though they've only been portrayed as a secretive corporation up to this point, now might be the perfect time to introduce audiences to the head of the company.

One of the coolest things about Cromwell's casting, however, will be the franchise keeping a certain tradition alive.

Classically-Trained Actors In Effects-Heavy Blockbusters

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]

While most movies with large visual effects and mechanical effects typically will hire younger actors or even those who have previously worked in effects-driven movies, the Jurassic Park franchise changed the mold by bringing in classically trained performers for each movie that did such a great job of helping us believe the dinosaurs we were seeing they were seeing too. Let's take a moment to step back and appreciate these actors and their work in the franchise.

Richard Attenborough — John Hammond

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  • Franchise Appearances: Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Other Popular Works: Jurassic Park, The Great Escape, Chaplin, Elizabeth

The legendary actor, the late Richard Attenborough, began his career as a stage actor before transitioning to films in 1942, and would find his first big breakthrough with the 1947 gangster drama, Brighton Rock.

But with all of his acting in films pre-CGI, he proved his talent in Jurassic Park as he made us all believe dinosaurs could come back, especially in the popular scene introducing the main characters to the titular park.

Sam Neill — Dr. Alan Grant

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Franchise Appearances: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III
  • Other Famous Works: Jurassic Park, Event Horizon, The Hunt for Red October, Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The 69-year-old Irish-born actor got his start in the film industry in 1977 with a political action thriller titled Sleeping Dogs, which propelled him into the public eye in the New Zealand film world and finding bigger success as he made it out of his homeland with the American horror film Omen III: The Final Conflict and the Australian drama Evil Angels.

After starring in a few critically successful American movies, he would star in Jurassic Park, and his international fame would soar after that, in which he proved he could be a charismatic hero with big budgets. Neill's best scene in the film is when he discovers the sick triceratops, as he reverts almost to a little child as he lays his head on the stomach as it rises and falls with each breath, bringing the robotic triceratops to life.

Pete Postlethwaite — Roland Tembo

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  • Franchise Appearances: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Other Famous Works: The Usual Suspects, Romeo+Juliet, Alien 3, In the Name of the Father

Veteran actor, the late Pete Postlethwaite, made his way into audiences' hearts for years with his grounded but intense character portrayals, which all hearkens back to his days as a theatre student at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and early career as a stage actor in Liverpool.

After making his film debut in 1975, he would be in many dramatic pictures before making his way into the blockbuster genre in 1992 with Alien 3, which proved early on he could work with computerized effects, and he would continue to show this talent in the second entry into the Jurassic Park franchise. The scene that best depicts this is also his introductory scene, in which he leads a group of InGen hunters on a hunt for the dinosaurs roaming in the open plains.

William H. Macy — Paul Kirby

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Franchise Appearances: Jurassic Park III
  • Other Famous Works: Fargo, Wild Hogs, Shameless, Pleasantville

Nobody describes William H. Macy better than Macy himself, calling himself an "Everyman," which can be seen in so many of his roles where he portrays someone reminiscent of an old-fashioned American, as seen in Pleasantville.

Though he starred in a couple of blockbuster films prior to the third Jurassic Park, it was the sci-fi adventure that proved to be his most believable role involving special effects, as he depicts genuine fear in facing the dinosaurs. The best scene of this is the scene in which the group are surrounded by raptors, who seem to take a particular dislike to him and his acting makes the scene all the more tense.

Who do you think James Cromwell is going to play in Jurassic World 2? Who's your favorite classical actor in the franchise? Let us know in the comments below!

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)


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