'Jurassic Park 4' quietly began filming a little over a week ago and the first images from the set have begun to trickle out. Those hoping to catch a glimpse of a T-Rex or a velociraptor will have to wait a little while longer, but there's enough subtle goodness in these three photos to get any fan excited.
'Jurassic Park 4' (now officially titled 'Jurassic World') only just began filming in Hawaii, but life finds a way and Universal is already planning sequels to the upcoming, uh, sequel. (Please read previous sentence in your best Jeff Goldblum voice.) The studio has some pretty big plans for the upcoming film, and those plans involve setting the stage to continue the franchise, if they can.
Way back when, we were thrilled to learn that star of 'Archer' and 'Arrested Development,' and all-around funnygirl Judy Greer would portray an ape in the forthcoming 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' but this might be even better -- the actress has boarded the cast of 'Jurassic Park 4' (officially titled 'Jurassic World').
Although precious few details have been made available to the public, everyone has long assumed that 'Jurassic World' will center on a fully functioning dinosaur theme park where everything goes horribly wrong. Some newly revealed concept art from the film essentially confirms this, showcasing the formerly deadly Isla Nublar as a tourist paradise with a massive visitor center that would make the honchos at Disney World nod with approval.
There has been much talk and speculation over which cast members, if any, would return for 'Jurassic Park 4'. Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern have said publicly they haven't been approached about returning for the new film, but it turns out one of the original 'Jurassic Park' cast members will return after all. Who will it be?
Even if you don't know Phil Tippett by name, you certainly know his work. He was hired by George Lucas to work on the original 'Star Wars' trilogy and was responsible for creating and stop-motion animating the AT-ATs, the tauntauns and later some of the creatures in 'Return of the Jedi' (for which he would win his first Oscar). He also was hired by Steven Spielberg to supervise the animation of the dinosaurs for 'Jurassic Park,' a large part of what that film was so successful (indeed, he would win another Oscar for his work). While none of the subsequent 'Jurassic Park' (or 'Star Wars' films for that matter) would bring him back, director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that Tippett will return for the upcoming 'Jurassic World.'
The two names that have popped up most as the contenders for the lead roles in 'Jurassic World' have been Bryce Dallas Howard and Josh Brolin. But while Howard recently confirmed her involvement, it appears that Brolin won't be making a trip to Isla Nubar, and his shoes may be filled by Chris Pratt.