B B.D. Wong Set To Return For Jurassic World; New Details About Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howards Characters

With ‘Jurassic World’ set to commence shooting any day now, director Colin Trevorrow opened up to IGN about the long-awaited fourth installment in the franchise. With Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio and Ty Simpkins confirmed to star, the filmmaker was asked if any characters are reprising their roles from ‘Jurassic Park.’ “I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go. But there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. 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.”

Additionally, Colin Trevorrow had the following to say about Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters in ‘Jurassic World,’ “He’s a classic hero in a very modern context. He’s the guy who will get you through the jungle alive – but like Malcolm, Grant and Sattler, he’s an expert in a scientific field that’s connected to our story. The character allows us to explore some new ideas about our relationship with these animals, without losing the humor and sense of adventure. He’s a great contrast for Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, who starts off very corporate, very controlled. Until the running and screaming starts. Then they need each other.” Head on over the IGN for the full interview.

Colin Trevorrow is directing from a script he wrote with Derek Connolly, though plot details remain under wraps. Trevorrow’s first film, ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’ starred Chris Pratt’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ love interest Aubrey Plaza. ‘Jurassic Park’ director Steven Spielberg is producing the sequel with Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley, and Universal will release ‘Jurassic World’ on June 12th, 2015.