Fallen Kingdom Director Confirms: Bryce Dallas Howard Won't Run In Heels This Time
Although Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom won’t arrive in theaters until June, the director is reassuring viewers about one of the few things they probably already knew about.
Speaking to CinePop last week, director J.A. Bayona addressed the elephant in the room about the upcoming sequel. It wasn’t about whether the film will have practical effects after Jurassic World’s CGI use was criticized by fans —it will, according to Bayona—but if the first film’s heroine, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), would be forced to run around in heels again.
He said she will not be running around in heels during the second movie, saying:
No, no. Definitely, she's more prepared in this one. In the first movie it was more like she was caught by surprise. But in this one she's totally ready and prepared for the adventure.
The director also noted that the events in the movie will be propelled forward by Bryce Dallas Howard's character. As we've seen briefly in the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, it's Claire who really sets off the chain of events in the sequel, and it's all part of making sure the character does have a full role in the new movie. J.A. Bayona said that Claire can be "emotional" but that she's "strong" too, noting,
Also she's very physical and tough. I think she's a very complete character. When the film starts, the story starts with Claire looking for Owen. She's the one convincing him to join her and go back to the island to rescue the dinosaurs. So, she has as much of an important role as Owen has in the story this time.
As for Bryce Dallas Howard, when Jurassic World initially came out, the actress did defend wearing heels, noting her character was a person who lived and worked in tall shoes and would be equipped to move quickly in them. (As for the actress herself, running in heels was difficult.) She also said the jungle is not conducive to going barefoot, and theme parks with a ton of rubble and mess presumably wouldn't be the best fit, either.
We'll find out exactly how Claire comes off when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters on June 22, 2018.