Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom: Release Date, Cast, Plot, Rumors
Who you calling extinct? The fifth film in the classic dinosaur series should produce another dino-mite blockbuster. Here's what we know about it.
Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur. Again.
The series of dinosaur movies that began with the 1993 hit movie Jurassic Park is still stomping around, re-energized by 2015's Jurassic World. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the fifth film in the series. It picks up three years after the new dinosaur theme park ended in tourist-chomping disaster on Isla Nublar, the island that was also home to the original park.
A sequel was a natural after Jurassic World became the first movie ever to gross over $500 million worldwide. The film eventually became the fifth-highest-grossing film of all time, and the biggest earner in the Jurassic franchise. These dinos are far from extinct.
The first Jurassic World film asked viewers to suspend their disbelief in many ways.
Viewers have to accept that a new theme park could be allowed to operate even after the original park concept ended in the dinosaurs eating the staff. That Chris Pratt's Owen Grady could have established a fatherly link with Blue, one of the raptors he helped raise, as if he were training a German Shepherd. That Bryce Dallas Howard's character, park operations manager Claire Dearing, would run for her life from dinosaurs yet never take off her painfully high heels. And that because there were two smart-for-their-age kids related to a park staffer in the first film, there should be two new ones in this movie.
Or viewers could just ignore all that and wait for the excellent realistic dinosaurs to a) fight each other again, or b) snack on some more humans. Really, the plot doesn't matter in the Jurassic movies as much as the stomping and the teeth-gnashing. Bring on more prehistoric predators!
Release date, production info
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will open on June 6 in the UK, June 21 in Australia and June 22 in the US. It reportedly runs 2 hours, 10 minutes.
Much of the sequel was filmed on soundstages in England, with Hawaii standing in for the supposed Central American Isla Nublar. Some filming was reportedly done in Wales, specifically in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Like the original Jurassic Park films, there are three films planned in the Jurassic World series, with No. 3, untitled at press time, scheduled to open June 11, 2021.
Cast: Who's who?
Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, dinosaur whisperer -- er, trainer
Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, former operations manager at Jurassic World, now a dinosaur rights activist
B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, former head geneticist at Jurassic World and the original Jurassic Park
Jeff Goldblum in a cameo as Dr. Ian Malcolm, chaos-theory expert who consulted for the original Jurassic Park
Ted Levine as Ken Wheatley, a dinosaur hunter
Rafe Spall as El Mills
Toby Jones as Gunnar Eversol, an auctioneer
Justice Smith as Franklin Webb, former IT technician for Jurassic World, now the Dinosaur Protection Group's systems analyst
James Cromwell as Benjamin Lockwood, partner of original park owner John Hammond
Isabella Sermon as Maisie Lockwood, Benjamin's granddaughter
Daniella Pineda as Zia Rodriguez, a veterinarian in the Dinosaur Protection Group
Peter Jason as Congressman Sherwood
Robert Emms as Jack
Plot news, rumors and theories
Rescuing the dinosaurs: The trailers make the basic plot outline pretty clear. It's three years after Jurassic World ended in disaster, and the surviving dinosaurs have been left to freely roam Isla Nublar.
Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire is now a dinosaur rights activist, and she and Chris Pratt's Owen are heading back to the island to save the dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption. (Her Dinosaur Protection Group even has a website.) Claire has teamed up with Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), the partner of original park founder John Hammond (Richard Attenborough, RIP) and plans to take the rescued dinosaurs to a sanctuary. Owen doesn't want to go, but Claire convinces him it's worth it to save Blue, the raptor he raised and trained. But it turns out others want to get their hands on the dinosaurs for nefarious reasons.
Bluer than Blue: Owen's pet raptor Blue is the only surviving raptor, and there are hints she'll play a major part in the plot. "Blue's DNA will form the architecture of a completely new creature," a voice says in one of the trailers. It seems as if the secret recipe for creating dinosaurs is no longer a secret, with some characters intending to make and use them as weapons. A source told the Daily Mail that Blue's DNA will be combined with the fearsome Indominus Rex, the hybrid dino that died in the last film.
Character building: There'll be a third Jurassic World film in 2021, and Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first of the trilogy and co-wrote and produced this second one, will direct. He told Entertainment Weekly that Claire and Owen will be back for No. 3. (it's not like we really expected either of the stars to die in this film.) And some of the characters introduced in Fallen Kingdom will play big roles in the final film.
Watch in horror: Get ready to be scared. Trevorrow also told EW that "if I could contextualize each film, I would say Jurassic World was an action adventure, Fallen Kingdom is kind of a horror suspense film, and Jurassic World 3 will be a science thriller in the same way that Jurassic Park was."
Splish-splash: There's reportedly an underwater scene where Owen has to rescue Claire and IT technician Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) from a sinking gyrosphere. It sounds like a lot of bodily fluids were, uh, released in the pool where that scene was filmed.
Welcome back: As fans already know, Jeff Goldblum is reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm. Malcolm is the chaos-theory specialist who warned John Hammond about the consequences of trying to control nature in the original Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World. Malcolm seems to be called to testify at some sort of hearing involving the dinosaurs' fates. "These creatures were here before us," Malcolm says in a trailer. "If we're not careful, they're going to be here after."