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The Jurassic World sequel’s character actor casting game continues to be on point. About a week after Ted Levine joined the cast of J.A. Bayona‘s untitled follow-up to Colin Trevorrow’s 2015 franchise reboot, the great James Cromwell has joined the cast. Hit the jump to learn about the Jurassic World 2 James Cromwell casting.

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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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Universal and director J.A. Bayona have been slowly assembling Jurassic World 2‘s buffet, er, ensemble over the past few months, with Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, and Justice Smith joining Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in the upcoming sequel. And because dinosaurs will always have a taste for fine character actors, Ted Levine has been served up as the latest addition to the cast.

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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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The Predator Cast

Thomas Jane (The Mist) is in final negotiations for Shane Black‘s The Predator. Once a deal is made, he’ll join an already impressive cast that includes Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), and Olivia Munn (The Newsroom).

Another sequel in the works, director J.A. Bayona‘s follow-up to Jurassic World, has added Daniella Pineda (The Detour) to the cast.

Below, learn more about the Jurassic World sequel and The Predator cast additions.

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Jurassic World Print - Dan McCarthy

While we’re patiently waiting for the next installment of the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World franchise, Mondo is biding our time with a couple new prints that pay tribute to both the original Steven Spielberg and the legacyquel.

Going on sale today is a Jurassic Park print by Kako as well as a Jurassic World print by Dan McCarthy. But if collectible prints aren’t your thing, there’s also a new set of enamel pins inspired by the paddock logos from the park. Check out the new Mondo Jurassic Park print, Jurassic World print and enamel pins after the jump. Read More »

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales synopsis reveals a new detail.
  • Michael Fassbender talks about his Alien: Covenant characters.
  • New VR experiences built around Alien and Planet of the Apes are on the way.
  • The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book is getting a new edition.
  • Anna Kendrick shares a Pitch Perfect 3 cast photo as a new singer is cast.
  • Director J.A. Bayona talks about Jurassic World 2.
  • Lindsay Lohan really wants to make a Mean Girls sequel.

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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 score

The busiest man in show business is obviously Dwayne Johnson, who seems to bounce from once project to another as if a tiny explosive implanted in his brain will explode if he’s not on a film set. But the second busiest man in show business is composer Michael Giacchino, who has become the go-to guy for seemingly every major film franchise on the planet. In the past two years alone, he has crafted the music for nine movies, not including a handful of shorts.

“Sleep? What is sleep to Michael Giacchino?!” he whispers to himself as he agrees to return for Jurassic World 2.

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‘Jurassic World 2’ Will Have a Political Element

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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 »