Jurassic World 2 BD Wong

When Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt return for Jurassic World 2, they may find themselves joined by another familiar face. Producer Frank Marshall has hinted that B.D. Wong will be back as Dr. Henry Wu in the J.A. Bayona-directed sequel, which recently added new stars Toby Jones and Rafe Spall

CinemaBlend recently sat down with Marshall and asked whether Wong would resurface in the Jurassic World sequel. Marshall stopped short of outright confirming anything, but did acknowledge, “When they take off in helicopters, you know they’re probably going to come back.”

As the only major character from Jurassic Park to return for Jurassic World, Wong’s Henry Wu helped serve as connective tissue between the different eras of the franchise. Once a leading scientist behind the Jurassic Park project, Wu stepped up as chief geneticist when the park reopened decades later as Jurassic World. He helped create the Indominus Rex hybrid that terrorized our heroes in the last film, but didn’t seem all that remorseful about all the deaths caused by his monster.

In fact, Wu was last seen leaving Isla Nublar via helicopter at the end of Jurassic World, with a bunch of hybrid dino embryos in tow. It turned out he had been in cahoots with Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio’s character) the whole time, with the intention of weaponizing those hybrid dinos. That’s a hell of a plot thread to just leave dangling, so it’s not terribly surprising to learn we haven’t seen the last of Wu.

As for what exactly Jurassic World 2 will be, no one involved with the production is saying too much at this point. However, producer and co-writer Colin Trevorrow (who helmed the first Jurassic World) has called it a sort of parable for animal abuse, and suggested the film might deal with “open source” dinosaur DNA as well. He’s also described the sequel as “more suspenseful and scary,” with Bayona making the inevitable comparison to The Empire Strikes Back.

Intriguingly, Bayona has indicated Jurassic World 2 will be more closely tied to the original Jurassic Park films. “What we’re doing is a sequel to Jurassic World, but it’s definitely the fifth chapter of a longer saga,” he said last month. “I think the story is looking for a connection between Jurassic World and Jurassic Park — more than what Jurassic World did.” Bringing back the two eras’ only shared character certainly seems like it could be part of that.

Jurassic World 2 is gearing up to shoot in March 2017 for release on June 22, 2018.

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