J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World 2 has kicked off production and has been adding cast members left and right for the past few weeks. We know Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt (and probably B.D. Wong) are reprising their roles from the first one, and a few new faces like Toby Jones, Geraldine Chaplin, and James Cromwell are joining up, but so far the exact plot is a mystery. Bayona shared the first image from the film today, and it definitely provides more questions than answers.
Bayona shared the first look on his Twitter this afternoon:
Just for fun, let’s see if we can’t figure out what kinds of dinosaurs these are. The one off to the left looks like some sort of predatory therapod (the ones that stand on two legs) — you can’t really tell what it is with its head hidden. The guy to the right is your good old Ankylosaurus, the one with the club on its tail. Behind him is Albertaceratops, which you can tell apart from others of its kind by those two droopy spikes on top of its head. Behind that one looks to be Protoceratops. The second one on the left is a Hadrosaur, probably Edmontosaurus, and behind that one is a smaller raptor-sized little guy. And the one front and center looks like your classic Triceratops, but with a few gnarly spikes around the frill.
So, two questions pop up right off the bat: where are we, and who is this little girl? If you blow the image up, she’s definitely a child, but there aren’t any small children in the cast (as far as we know officially). This is probably a room in a museum somewhere, or someone’s private collection (museums don’t usually have elegant wood-paneled walls). Hammond’s, maybe? Is this a flashback? Maybe Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Claire as a little girl?
What we do know is this image is gorgeous, and totally looks like it could’ve come from one of the sumptuous sets of any one of Bayona’s other movies. He’s one of the greatest visual directors alive today, and we can’t wait to see what he does with this sequel.
Jurassic World 2 hits theaters June 22, 2018.