Bryce Dallas Howard Wants 'Jurassic Park' Stars in 'Jurassic World 3'
Bryce Dallas Howard already knows what she wants to see happen in Jurassic World 3 — the reappearance of some of the stars from the original films. “I think there are characters from Jurassic Park who would be really exciting to catch up with and who I’d like to see become part of this adventure again,” she says down the line from Los Angeles.
In this summer’s Fallen Kingdom, Owen Grady (Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Howard) return to Isla Nublar three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park to rescue any remaining dinosaurs on the island from a deadly volcano that threatens to leave them extinct once again. By the end, the dinosaurs that were lucky to escape the catastrophe on Isla Nublar are now living among us. “At the end of Fallen Kingdom we’ve opened Pandora’s Box and it can’t be shut again,” Howard, 37, says. “These animals are out in the world.”
It leads to some intriguing possibilities for director Colin Trevorrow, who will helm Jurassic World 3.
“I’m really excited because Colin and (co-writer) Emily (Carmichael) have been working on the script and already so much of what I’m hearing is really exciting,” she says of the threequel that hits theatres on June 11, 2021.
With the monster hit Fallen Kingdom now available on digital and Blu-ray with over an hour of bonus content, Howard spoke to the Sun about how the series has tried to have empathy for dinosaurs, being part of a franchise that’s a quarter century old and why she’ll always be in Chris Pratt’s corner.
To me, Fallen Kingdom tried to be about something that wasn’t just a straight-up thrill ride. It was making a statement about the other creatures we share the planet with. Did you feel like Fallen Kingdom was a film with something meaningful to say?
Sci-fi movies are always dealing with what-if questions. And, in Jurassic, we’re dealing with what if dinosaurs can be recreated? When Michael Crichton wrote the original book, he coined this phrase ‘syntelligence,’ which basically meant the danger of human beings is our fascination with technology without taking a moment to think through the potential consequences. It doesn’t mean we should stop progress, but we need to be developing and evolving our humanity at a more advanced rate than our technology… Eventually one day we’re going to be posed with this. It might not be dinosaurs, but genetic modification and cloning and a lot of the things that come up in these movies show us we need to think about these things and there are no easy solutions.
The first Jurassic was a massive hit. What was the challenge of coming back to do a sequel for something that was so universally beloved?
Basically it’s as simple as: we didn’t want to fumble, bumble it. What worked about the first one is that everyone involved was such a huge fan of the original and we were being mentored by Steve Spielberg. He knows the overall story and where we’re going with the third one. That gave us the sense that dad’s watching out for us and we’re not on our own.
Is Jurassic World 3 going to be the last one or are there more films planned in the series?
I don’t know if this is going to be the last one of this trilogy or what’s going to happen beyond the third one. But I think overall what’s exciting is this next movie will be the sixth one in the franchise and that represents over 25 years of storytelling.
Maybe we can get more of Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm, who had a brief cameo in Fallen Kingdom?
Fallen Kingdom is the third biggest movie of the year. Does it blow your mind that the franchise is bigger now than it was when the first Jurassic Park came out in 1993?
Oh man, it’s awesome. I saw Jurassic Park in theatres when I was 12 years old and my son is going to be turning 12 in five months and, for me, as an individual, to get to be a part of this and reliving my childhood fantasies in a way and then to share this story with my own kids is truly idyllic. This is a beautiful chapter of my life. I just don’t want to fumble, bumble it because this is awesome (laughs).
We’re going to see you next year in the Elton John biopic Rocketman. I hear you sing. What else can we expect?
I do sing (laughs). I play Elton’s mother. I don’t want to make any sweeping declarations, but what I can say is it’s a musical that uses Elton’s music to tell us this story of his journey, but it’s done in a way that’s powerful and whimsical and theatrical and full of so much heart and humour. When we were doing the first read through, five minutes in I turned to (director) Dexter Fletcher and I mouthed to him, ‘This is going to work’ (laughs). It’s exciting to be a part of that.
I Googled you before doing this interview and I saw a blurb where you felt the need to defend the actions of Star-Lord, Chris’ character in the Marvel movies, who was accused of helping Thanos win at the end of Infinity War. Tell me about your relationship with him?
I think Chris is a remarkable human being. He’s got a special heart and spirit and he cares deeply about everyone. That’s not typical of someone who has his level of talent and looks like him … it’s a privilege to have this partnership with this person who I really respect.
So now I know why you defended Star-Lord.
Oh, yes, definitely.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is available now on Blu-ray and digital.