Two tourist destinations have been constructed on Isla Nubar in the Jurassic Park universe, and both locales have shared the same dinosaur resident: Rexy, everyone’s favorite Tyrannosaurus Rex. Rexy was by far one of the best parts of 1993’s Jurassic Park, and she made her grand return in 2015 for Jurassic World, proving once again just how powerful she is. The Jurassic Park franchise is continuing next year with Jurassic World 2, and while specific plot details are still light, Colin Trevorrow was gracious enough to confirm that Rexy will be returning for the fifth movie in this series.
The Jurassic Park movies aren’t exactly kid-friendly, but that doesn’t mean that the young’uns can’t enjoy certain elements from them. In the case of fan Kevin Rodenfer II, his daughter loves her Rexy stuffed animal, prompting Rodenfer to ask Colin Trevorrow on Twitter whether or not the formidable T-Rex would return for Jurassic World 2, and sure enough, she will. It’d be wise for that little girl wait many years until seeing Rexy wreak havoc in this franchise, but no doubt she’ll be excited to learn that she has at least one more appearance to look forward to.
In Jurassic Park, Rexy refused to come out into the open when Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, Ian Malcolm and the others were touring the site, but at night when the tropical storm raged and the island’s electrical fencing was disabled, she made her big debut, figuratively and literally. The T-Rex made quick work of money-hungry lawyer Donald Gennaro, and it was only through quick thinking that Grant and Malcolm, as well as the kids Lexi and Tim, were able to survive her wrath. Rexy later returned to eat some of the raptors that were attacking the main characters. In Jurassic World, Rexy was back in captivity, but she was eventually freed by Claire Dearing to battle the Indominus rex. With the help of Owen Grady’s surviving raptor Blue, they killed the hybrid dinosaur, and just like two decades earlier, Rexy roared triumphantly when all the remaining humans had evacuated the island. Assuming that Rexy wasn’t somehow transported to a different location, it looks like Jurassic World 2 will be revisiting her on Isla Nubar.
Even though Jurassic World 2‘s story is being kept secret, the sequel has already assembled most, if not all, of its main cast. Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt and B.D. Wong are all reprising their respective roles, while Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Justice Smith, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda and Ted Levine have all been brought aboard. The last surprise was Jeff Goldblum who returns as Ian Malcolm. Colin Trevorrow is still attached as a writer and producer, but he’s passed off directing duties to J.A. Bayona. The story is rumored to be about the government having trained the dinosaurs to be used for battle.
Jurassic World 2 will stampede into theaters on June 22, 2018.