Jurassic World 2 will begin production in just a few months, and the clock is ticking to find the right cast to do it justice. Toby Jones & Rafe Spall are both currently in talks with Universal for the upcoming sequel, which Director J. A. Bayona says "will be darker".
The #JurassicWorld sequel has recently been given the working title of Ancient Futures, and is confirmed to be part of a trilogy. Details are far and few between right now, but if Spall and Jones' previous roles are anything to go by, they're the perfect contenders for an ominous sci fi blockbuster.
Rafe Spall As The Tortured Brit
Rafe Spall is the star of the iconic #BlackMirror Christmas special, 'White Christmas'. He plays the obsessive ex-boyfriend so well that it's cringeworthy, blundering through his declining relationship and post-break up hell in the worst way possible. His seemingly innocent, awkward demeanour takes a turn for the sinister, further implicating himself in his own personal nightmare. It's the ideal precursor to another dystopian sci fi narrative.
Or perhaps Spall will do something completely different and return to his acting roots: his role as an insufferable 17-year-old retail worker in Shaun of the Dead.
Toby Jones As The Creepy Science Guy
Toby Jones absolutely killed it as bespectacled scientist David Pilcher in dystopian sci fi series Wayward Pines. His short stature and softly spoken voice are a thin disguise for the troubled genius within, and his misplaced intentions are completely driven by his own god complex. Could he be our Jurassic World 2 villain, or even some sort of John Hammond 2.0? He certainly seems pretty comfortable in a helicopter.
Producers are currently also testing for two other key roles, and Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will both be returning. Bayona has assured fans that Pratt will be somewhat of an exception to the film's sinister tone, staying true to his classic comedic style.
Jake Johnson will not be returning, and everyone's favourite cynical palaeontologist Alan Grant — played by Sam Neill in the first and third films — will not be making a guest appearance either. Sadly, it looks like Dr. Grant may be out of the franchise for good.
What Else Can We Expect?
Like all great sci fi, the themes in the Jurassic franchise are reflective of major scientific fears and concerns in larger society. Jurassic Park spoke to the nineties paranoia about cloning technology, and Jurassic World was a statement on the suspected dangers of genetic modification.
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Colin Trevorrow, who will be executive producing alongside Steven Spielberg, has hinted that Jurassic World 2 will explore "man's relationship with animals", perhaps continuing Jurassic World's SeaWorld-inspired theme.
"Dinosaurs are a parable of the treatment of animals today: abuse, experiments in medicine, pets, having wild animals in zoos [that feel] like prisons, military use being made of them."
Despite the military mention, he also dismissed the possibility of militarized dinosaurs in Jurassic World 2, saying the new film will "shift to deal with complex issues", like cloning. Time for Bryce Dallas Howard to bust out the high heels again- looks like more Indominus Rex carnage might be on the cards!