With Jurassic World’s release over a year away, there is still plenty we don’t know about the anticipated next chapter in the Jurassic Park franchise. We know Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Irrfan Khan are on board to star, and that they’ll be joined by younger cast members Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) and Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3). But now director Colin Trevorrow has revealed in an interview with IGN that one character from the original film will be returning in the fourth entry, and it’s not who you think.
Take a guess. How about Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant? Nope. Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm? Nah. OK, it’s gotta be Laura Dern’s Dr. Ellie Satler, right? Not her either. The eccentric creator of the park, John Hammond? Wrong again. Surprisingly, Trevorrow has someone far less popular in mind:
This hasn’t been announced yet, but BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.
For those of you who haven’t seen the original Jurassic Park in a long time, Dr. Henry Wu had a small part as the chief geneticist who explains how the dinosaurs can’t breed inside Jurassic Park. As Trevorrow mentioned, he was far more prominent in Michael Crichton’s original novel, but weirdly enough I actually have fonder memories of the second book, “The Lost World” – which was a hundred times better than the movie – so I barely remember Dr. Wu.
I bet actor BD Wong was surprised to get that phone call asking him to come back to reprise his role, and it sounds like Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly are really diving deep into the mythology of the films and the characters they contain. This level of passion bodes well for fans who are hoping these guys pull off something better than Jurassic Park 3, and imbuing a small character with this kind of story sounds like they’re heading in the right direction. I loved their indie film Safety Not Guaranteed, and I’m excited to see what they can do with a massive budget and a beloved franchise.
Based on what you know about Jurassic World so far, how do you think the film will turn out?
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