jurassic world 2 first look

Jurassic World 2 started rolling cameras last month after assembling a murderer’s row of cool character actors to back up Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and all of those dinosaurs. The new film doesn’t even a title yet, but we do have a first look courtesy of director J.A. Bayona, revealing a mysterious little girl and a room full of dinosaurs.

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jurassic world 2 cast geraldine chaplin

We still don’t know the title of the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World, but we do know that the film’s casting game continues to be on-point. The latest addition to the cast shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the work of director J.A. Bayona: Geraldine Chaplin, who has appeared in all three of his previous movies, has joined the human buffet line.

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Jurassic World 2 production, plot details

The question of why people in the Jurassic Park universe keep returning to the idea of resurrecting dinosaurs is a good one, but the question of why Universal keeps coming back to the Jurassic Park franchise has an obvious answer: audiences love these films. The studio was already planting the seeds for Jurassic World 2 before Jurassic World even opened, and now those plans are starting to come to fruition.

Producer Frank Marshall seems to have announced the start of production on Jurassic World 2, which is expected to open in summer 2018. That means we’ve got plenty of time to keep speculating about what the film will actually be about… and right on time, a couple of clues have come up to point the way.

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jurassic world trilogy

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • J.A. Bayona suggests that Jurassic World 2 will begin filming very soon.
  • Deadpool 2 will ignore (and maybe mock) X-Men movie continuity.
  • Hugh Jackman reveals a new poster for Logan.
  • A Cars 3 video game is on the way.
  • Saw: Legacy reveals two new cast members…after it has finished filming.
  • Santiago Cabrera talks about joining Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Cameras have begun to roll on the new Tomb Raider.

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j.a. bayona interview

J.A. Bayona‘s latest film packs a heavy punch. Bayona’s adaptation of author and screenwriter Patrick Ness‘ novel is a pure tearjerker, a movie that mixes the grand with the intimate. The film follows a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggling with his mother’s terminal illness. In need of help, he calls upon a monster (Liam Neeson), a talking tree that promises to tell Conor three stories as long as the boy reveals his deepest, darkest secret.

A Monster Calls deals heavily with the power of storytelling. After making only three films, Bayona has established himself as a very emotional storyteller. “Cold” is not a word that applies to the visual splendor of his work. We recently interviewed the filmmaker for his latest drama, which was originally based on an idea by the late author, Siobhan Dowd. Bayona discussed with us the music on set, King Kong, the silent moments in A Monster Calls, and his reaction to seeing Jurassic Park for the first time.

Below, read our J.A. Bayona interview.

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jurassic world 2

Director J.A. Bayona is an inspired choice to take on the sequel to Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, having revealed an eye for crafting sheer terror with The Orphanage and the ability to create astonishing technical set pieces with The Impossible. His latest movie, A Monster Calls, is very much a crowdpleaser…or whatever you’d call a movie whose cost of admission should come with a package of tissues.

While we still don’t know too much about what he plans to do with the second film in the planned Jurassic World trilogy, Bayona is now saying that Jurassic World 2 will be a bigger film than its predecessor. More importantly, he breaks out the “f” word.

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‘Jurassic World 2’ Will Have a Political Element

jurassic world 2 political

The Jurassic Park movies may be pure fiction, but it’s not hard to see how its lessons might apply to real life. In between delighting us with scenes of people running from dinosaurs and scenes of dinosaurs eating people, the films preach caution against scientific advancement without concern for consequences, as well as the thoughtless exploitation of animals. And according to Jurassic World 2 director J.A. Bayona, his movie will carry on in a similar vein, with a political element cutting through the adventure. Read More »

A Monster Calls featurette

A Monster Calls is a heartbreaking movie. When J.A. Bayona‘s (The Impossible) latest film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, in a nice bit of promotion, tissue boxes were handed out to those in attendance. That was a good call because the film certainly made our own Angie Han choke up once or twice. She praised the drama as a “five-hankie sobfest, a ruthlessly effective tearjerker even by cancer drama standards,” despite a few scenes she found too manipulative.

Below, watch A Monster Calls featurette, which shows how the story came about and evolved.

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Jurassic World sequel start date & Jurassic Park connection

The Jurassic Park franchise reopened its doors last year with Jurassic World, and while the theme park itself predictably proved to be another disaster, the film was a resounding success. Which, naturally, means the adventure will continue in future movies. Earlier this year, J.A. Bayona was announced as the new director for the sequel, and now he’s revealed shooting will get underway in March.

But perhaps the bigger question is what exactly that Jurassic Park sequel will entail. Jurassic World was technically a sequel to Jurassic Park, but also felt like a new start, like its own thing. And the next film? According to Bayona, it’ll serve as both Jurassic World 2 and Jurassic Park 5Read More »

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Chris Pratt training raptors at a children's hospital

Even though Jurassic World 2 is a long ways off from hitting theaters, the anticipation is still high for the sequel. While Jurassic World treaded plenty of familiar territory with endless homages and references to the original Jurassic Park, this sequel should allow the story to head in an entirely different direction. Just recently writer/producer Colin Trevorrow revealed that Jurassic World 2 would be a parable for animal abuse, and now the sequel is getting compared to arguably the most revered sequel of all time by director J.A. Bayona.

Find out what he had to say about Jurassic World 2 after the jump. Read More »