JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
About The Production
Goodbye, Isla Nublar:
Fallen Kingdom Is Born
It may seem difficult to believe, but when the filmmakers behind 2015's Jurassic
World began its development, they had no idea that their labor of love would
become one of the top-five grossing movies of all time. For Jurassic World
director Colin Trevorrow, who also co-wrote the first chapter-and returns as
co-writer and now executive producer of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom-the
relaunch of the series that has captivated him since he was a boy has long been
imagined as a trilogy. Alongside co-writer Derek Connolly, he has taken great
pride in bringing the cautionary tales of Michael Crichton and world creation of
Steven Spielberg to a delightfully dangerous and unexpected new level.
Once the global press tour wrapped and riveted audiences celebrated this
landmark achievement, it was time to take a deep breath...and then get back to
work. "About two weeks after Jurassic World came out, I had been living in Los
Angeles with my family for the year and had to drive back to our home in
Vermont," recounts Trevorrow. "I asked Derek if he would ride with me, so we
could use that cross-country trip to talk about where the story could go next. I
had a very basic set of ideas I wanted to present to him-in a place that we
could think freely and just get weird with what the future could be."
Buoyed with confidence at the film's rip-roaring success and Spielberg's
confidence in their narrative arc, the pair hit the road to discuss what was
next for former raptor trainer Owen, operations manager Claire and the thousands
of displaced dinosaurs roaming the land and flying above Isla Nublar. "This time
around, Steven said, 'Show me what you think this can be, where you think these
characters should go and where we should take them,'" shares Trevorrow. "So we
drove to Vermont and, on the way, came up with the story that is Fallen
While Jurassic World took the park that was only a promise and brought it to
awe-striking, terrifying life, Trevorrow knew the next chapter could and should
tackle much darker themes. The storyteller who first made a splash with the
celebrated Safety Not Guaranteed has long been curious by what it means to exist
within paradoxical time. "These dinosaurs were of this Earth 65 million years
ago, and now they're in a place that is completely foreign to them," he says. "I
thought there was a way we could tell a story that would identify the human
angle. How would you feel if you were brought into a world that you didn't
belong to...just for the satisfaction of others? That was a realm we hadn't gone
to before, and it was something we knew these movies would benefit from."
As the writing partners designed this second act, they strategized where they
could take the audience. Through the greediness of investors playing God and
park guests throwing caution and cash toward reason, Jurassic World had been
unceremoniously obliterated. The writers knew there was fertile ground to
explore off island, and they'd been quietly planting the seeds for years. "What
would be the result of that destruction; what would be the step beyond it?" asks
Trevorrow. "Fortunately, there were a lot of clues we planted in the first
movie; in the film itself, on maps and on the website-in places people wouldn't
think to look for hints about the next two movies-there's information embedded
in all of them."
Few characters are closer to Trevorrow than Claire Dearing and Owen Grady, the
fiery former lovers who are seemingly destined to pine-and grouse-after each
other from afar. Discussing how the heroes have evolved, he notes: "We thought a
lot about where Claire would be a few years later, and how she'd have a lot of
guilt, regret and responsibility-which she would take and put it into action.
Claire knows there's a natural disaster that is about to occur on the island-one
that has posed a question to the world: 'Do we let these animals die, or do we
save them?' She's the person who feels the most responsible for rescuing the
"On the other side, we have Owen, who is responsible for proving that raptors
can follow orders. He knows there is a capability for them to serve the same
purpose as animals that have been used throughout history for war," Trevorrow
continues. "That opens its own Pandora's Box. We have these two characters who
are the mother and father of the new world. They're the parents of this slowly
building biological disaster begun by John Hammond. It was important for us to
find a way to weave Hammond into the story and to connect them together, as well
as tell more about the history of how Jurassic Park began."
The extraordinary dinosaurs are as much players as Claire and Owen. Nowhere is
this more evident than with Blue, the Velociraptor to which Owen has had a deep
connection since she was a hatchling. After a fierce battle with littermate
Echo-one that left Blue with a scarred lip-she established her dominance among
her pack. Once Owen pretended to be injured during her training, Blue showed her
capacity for empathy. A virtual enigma among dinosaurs, she is equal parts
vicious and nurturing; sadly, in the post Jurassic World era, she is also last
of her kind.
For the writers, it was crucial to bring back this fully fledged creature to
which we have all grown quite attached. That storytelling level was
extraordinary in Spielberg's eyes. "Blue has become a real character that we
have imprinted on," he reflects. "In the first movie, John Hammond liked to be
around every birth, every hatchling, because he wanted the animal to imprint on
him. In this case, the audience has imprinted on Blue, which allows Blue to
become a major character that we really care about in this second film."
It was crucial to the narrative to open the series up and introduce a new set of
dinosaurs from multiple epochs. From a Baryonyx and a Carnotaurus, to a crazy
little bull-in-a-china-shop called a Stygimoloch, the writers brought more
colorful creatures to Fallen Kingdom than ever before. As if it that wasn't
enough, they imagined a genetically designed monstrosity known as the
Indoraptor. Its DNA an unholy mix of Velociraptor, Indominus rex and who knows
what else Dr. Wu spliced into its codons, this creature is not deadly because of
size-it's due to his intelligence, speed and ability to follow orders...when he so
chooses. Indoraptor is, without a doubt, the perfect weapon.
There will never be a Jurassic film without our star T. rex, if the filmmakers
have anything to say about it. "The T. rex is also back," Trevorrow shares.
"We've been following this same character since the beginning; she's the same T.
rex that was in Jurassic Park and in Jurassic World. She is iconic-not just
because she's a T. rex, but because she's this T. rex."
Taking the Reins:
Bayona Joins Team Jurassic
When it came to the next chapter of the trilogy, the producers turned to
acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio "J.A." Bayona to join their quest.
Known for work as deeply intimate as it is sweeping in its storytelling, the
director was eager to join a production that would be his biggest challenge to
date. We begin as Bayona recalls memories of the epic that started it all: "Like
many people of my generation, there was a sense of wonder when I saw Jurassic
Park. There is something absolutely engaging about creatures that inhabited our
planet millions of years ago, and the idea of bringing them back from extinction
is fascinating. It is as playful as it is genius an idea for a saga. The first
time I saw the Brachiosaurus on screen, I knew that everything was possible."
That, and it is quite difficult to say no to the man whose name is synonymous
with summer blockbuster...and indelibly linked to sense film memories. Bayona
recalls a particularly good day: "It was Steven Spielberg who offered me the
opportunity, and I feel blessed to be working with him. I admire him profoundly.
Also, having shot The Impossible, The Orphanage and A Monster Calls, the
opportunity of an adventure movie felt like a lot of fun for me; the timing was
Bayona appreciated that Trevorrow, whose years-long passion is all-things
Jurassic, was willing to partner with him in bringing the new installment to the
big screen. "Colin pitched the story for this second episode in a trilogy, and
that got me so excited," the director relays. "Since that day, we have been
working together to incorporate my vision. I love playing with suspense to
engage the audience; I like intensity and making people feel the total
Always humble, Bayona welcomed the opportunity for collaboration. "When I came
aboard, I knew I was to take care of Steven and Colin's baby. As a director, I
can contribute a lot of things to the story, to the energy and to the tone.
However, I'm also aware the Jurassic saga is loved by millions, so I it was
important to work closely with them to ensure we are bringing the audiences new,
exciting experiences...while keeping the soul of the franchise."
Bayona states that the imagination of his younger self was ignited by the
prescient genius of Dr. Crichton. "What I always loved about Michael Crichton's
books is that, apart from making you enjoy a great big adventure, they make you
think about moral repercussions of the advancement of science. It is not
science-fiction anymore; the reality of these advancements gives an audience
immediate empathy. Twenty-five years ago, the debate about the moral limits of
science was just beginning; today it is daily news. Colin and Derek knew we
needed to be talking about this, and it makes our movie extremely relevant."
Bayona and Trevorrow worked closely throughout production, and both men were
open to having their ideas tested and retested by a fellow director. "It is a
unique scenario, and I'm very proud of the way that J.A. and I were able to
collaborate," reflects Trevorrow. "To be able to have two filmmakers-who are
inherently visual-constantly trying to embrace the other's idea has resulted in
something special. J.A. and I are very different, but I believe the result of
what we've done is entirely unique. He has an innate sensibility for the
elements that make Jurassic movies work. He has a spirituality to his films and
a sense of family...but also families going through traumatic experiences
Spielberg appreciated that Bayona was able to dovetail his signature voice into
a universe that has a distinct style of its own. "One thing that the films in
the Jurassic series have in common is that they are created by filmmakers who
love the craft of filmmaking," reflects Spielberg. "Juan Antonio did an amazing
job through his art in being able to make Fallen Kingdom a little bit like the
first movie I directed, a little bit like the last movie that Colin directed...but
still make it 100 percent his. Because he's a real filmmaker who has a real
voice, he found a way not to hijack and change the tone or mood or style of
Jurassic Park, but a way to make this his own Jurassic World film. We were
blessed that he brought his voice to our series. He's just knocked it out of the
For veteran filmmaker Frank Marshall, who returns to produce, the dynamic appeal
of this partnership was a no-brainer. "Colin and Derek have taken elements we
are familiar with and pushed them to a new level. This film has such huge scale.
We begin in the park itself, on this vast environment with volcanoes, as well as
underwater and within escape-sequences. Up until now, humans and dinosaurs have
been separate. In Fallen Kingdom, we see a lot more interaction. We've brought
back Blue, Mosasaurus, T. rex and others you will remember, plus a lot of new
dinosaurs you've never seen before."
Marshall appreciated that Bayona could bring to the project a sensibility that
was unlike anything the series had seen: "J.A. has a wonderful, cinematic vision
in which he creates incredible worlds and wonderfully succinct characters. It is
not just about the dinosaurs, it is about the characters. He brings a vision and
excitement to the characters as they pass through Jurassic World."
Inarguably, the biggest stars of any Jurassic film are the stunning dinosaurs,
an elegant brainchild of top artists working in their respective fields of
animatronic creatures and visual effects. "We have surrounded J.A. with highly
experienced people who have a done a great deal of large-scale production,"
gives Marshall. "ILM worked very closely with him; they always push the envelope
on technology, and it is exciting to see the new toys we have in our toolbox to
create these scenes with the dinosaurs. We also have Neal Scanlan, who has
imagined wonderful creatures over the years, creating our animatronics. Fans
enjoy our use of real creatures and for the actors, it is great for them to
interact with an 'actual' dinosaur."
Patrick Crowley, who returns alongside Marshall to produce the new installment,
speaks to the solid foundation and caretaking that benefits the franchise. "The
key element we have going for us in this trilogy is the involvement of Colin
Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg. Steven is the grand master, in charge of making
sure that what we do reflects the original intentions and carries out the themes
that he set up a long time ago. Colin, Steven, and now J.A., understand the
responsibility of upping tension and danger. This movie is full of things people
haven't seen-places, dinosaurs that have never been on screen, and brand-new
Crowley lauds that his director has given the established franchise just the
energy boost that everyone needed. "The Impossible was the experience we all
felt made J.A. a worthy candidate do this movie. We knew he could handle the
scope and scale. He had a tiny budget, but his specialty is creating tension and
bringing the same feeling to a Jurassic movie that Colin brought to Jurassic
For Crowley, a Jurassic movie would not be complete without an abundance of
speciation. It's also a source of pride to the crew to outdo itself, without
dwarfing the narrative. "In this movie, you will see more dinosaurs than you've
ever seen before," the producer proclaims. "You will also see dinosaurs much
closer in proximity to human beings. It's a very unique feeling, involving
totally different action. We spend a lot of time with Blue, who is the film's
heart. We also have a brand new dinosaur called the Indoraptor, who is a
genetically modified creation of Dr. Wu. He is smart, incredibly physical, can
move like a lizard and get into places other dinosaurs were too big to get into;
he is really, really nasty."
This scientific miracle/abomination was a particular delight to Spielberg. He
laughs: "This is the first Jurassic movie that I could truthfully say where we
have a monster. The Indoraptor is a dinosaur, but it's really a monster. That
makes Fallen Kingdom the first real hybrid between a dinosaur film and a monster
For her part, producer Belen Atienza, Bayona's right-hand filmmaking partner,
was thrilled to join the group of seasoned filmmakers on this journey that's
been 25 years in the making. When discussing their experience of working on
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, her attitude echoes Bayona's boyish sense of
wonder. "It felt like we were kids again because it reminds us of our
childhood," she reflects. "The wonder of dinosaurs, the adventures, jungle,
mysteries, action and suspense was just astonishing." That energy would prove
infectious on set. "From the very first moment we began to work on this project,
it was all about how to squeeze every moment we could out of the film and bring
it to the audience."
Producer of all of Bayona's features, Atienza shares a kindred spirit in
executing engaging stories. Of the process, she graciously notes: "The vision
starts on the framing of the scene. It is all about the shot and work that's
been done months in advance: reading the scene, working out the shots...every
camera move, speed and time you spend on each character. On the day, there will
be input from actors and other filmmakers, and we are always open to that. Once
you know what the scene is about, then it is all about making it better."
Speaking to the style Bayona has honed over the years, she notes that Fallen
Kingdom's director is equal parts disciplined workman and mischievous
storyteller: "He is always trying to find something special. That is why there
are playful sequences in all his movies, where you don't really know what to
expect next. He wants three or four beats from every shot; it is quite complex,
like a technical choreography that is instinctive in him. At the same time, he
is an artist who is incredibly invested. It is a joy to see him work."
Favorite Characters Return
It's impossible to think of a return Jurassic World without the electric pairing
of Claire and Owen. "Everyone loves that couple so much," Bayona states. "The
chemistry between Bryce and Chris reminds me of classic Hollywood movies. We had
to go back there. Chris created an amazing character, providing Owen with
genuine charm and comedy. He has an honest inner strength that somehow
communicates to the audience that he will always do the right thing."
Pratt shares what about this series continues to resonate with audiences: "The
success of Jurassic World starts with the success of Jurassic Park. The original
movie is just so beloved. It captured the imagination of an entire generation,
and there was a world hungry to see a new version of this story...one with all the
technological advancements that have been made in filmmaking since 1993."
Working with Bayona proved a rewarding experience for Pratt. "J.A. is a huge
movie buff," the performer says. "He particularly loves a movie with an edge,
and he's bringing that to this film. He is playing, not so much with what is
there but what might be around the corner. These movies are all about science,
imagination and suspense. J.A.'s a master."
Very few in the Jurassic world can understand the brutal physicality of one of
these films, so Pratt appreciated the chance to collaborate once again with
Howard. "I'm teamed with Bryce, who has an incredible work ethic; she is
passionate about every step of the process. Combine that partnership with our
director's vision, and we've got a pretty good handle on what we need to make
this the best Jurassic adventure it can be."
Claire and Owen have been living separate lives, but are reunited for a common
goal. While she has made it her mission to protect and save all the creatures,
she knows that what will get Owen back on the island is the chance to rescue
Blue, the Velociraptor to whom he has the closest connection. "Much of what's
happened between Claire and Owen is unspoken, but they've gone through traumatic
experiences together at Jurassic World and have each handled that differently,"
reflects Pratt. "Owen believes there is no way to make yourself feel better; you
have to move on and live your life. To bury yourself in guilt like Claire's done
is wrong, and for Owen to ignore what they've gone through is also flawed...so
they need one another. You see that these characters are drawn to one another
and destined to be together...but circumstances have not allowed that to happen."
Pratt's role required a great deal of stunt work, and there was many a night
after filming that his bruised self fell into a deep sleep. "This is more
physical than the first movie," Pratt says. "There were a lot of stunts; I've
rolled out of the back of trucks, gone diving, ran down mountains and did
underwater stunts. We've also got huge fight sequences. They've taken the
action-hero element that worked in the first movie and quadrupled it."
No stranger to physical roles, the performer walks us through one of his
favorite stunts of the shoot: When Owen chases just behind Claire and Franklin
in a gyrosphere that is rocketing off Isla Nublar and into the ocean. When Owen
dives to rescue them, he must use every bit of his military training and
survival instinct to come out alive.
Filmed in the underwater tank at Pinewood Studios, the sequence took five days
to capture. Pratt explains: "I loved the whole underwater sequence. The creative
concept was to film it in one shot, keep the focus as though we are inside the
gyrosphere looking out. We never cut from that point of view, and this thing is
sinking. Claire and Franklin are about to drown and Owen must swim down to break
them out, but it doesn't work. Owen must swim back up to the surface, then come
back down. All this had to be done in elements, and it was like putting together
a thousand-piece puzzle. I loved the process of shooting piece by piece and
watching this thing become stitched together."
As Owen, Pratt has taken a pack of Velociraptors on a chase through the jungle
and survived the vicious teeth of countless other creatures on the island. But
nothing could prepare Owen for the monstrous new dinosaur created by Dr. Wu: the
Indoraptor, the most deadly creature to ever walk the planet. "The Indoraptor
opens the story up and gives us a hint at what the future holds for the Jurassic
franchise. You get the sense the Indoraptor is what the end goal was for InGen.
They have been developing this type of intelligence and cognitive design for
raptors for years. The latest development, the Indoraptor, is essentially
bulletproof. It attacks on command. It has been designed as a deadly weapon of
war and we see first-hand just how dangerous it is. The prospect of these
creatures in the wrong hands is terrifying."
Bryce Dallas Howard returns to the role of Claire Dearing, a character who, like
Owen, has been irrevocably changed by the disastrous events of three years ago.
"In Jurassic World, Claire goes on a very clear arc," reflects Howard. "You see
who she is on the exterior, but you don't know who she is on the inside. By the
end of the first film, you know what this person is really made of and can
clearly see who she is."
While Owen retreated into a life of solitude, Claire has done the complete
opposite-creating the Dinosaur Protection Group (DPG), whose mission is to save
the dinosaurs remaining on Isla Nublar. "She is still dealing with the fact she
needs to take responsibility for everything that happened," Howard continues.
"She made a mistake she can never take back because she was a part of the
creation of the Indominus rex; she wrote the check for that. Now the world is a
different place because of her actions. She opened Pandora's Box, and she can
never close it again. All that Claire wants to do is be on the right side of
history. It's her cause and mission."
Howard wanted to imbue her character with layers that are far-too-often absent
in female characters in action films. "They will be a damsel in distress or a
strong heroic woman, and there's no in-between. What I love about Claire is that
you don't necessarily like her all the time, but you relate to her; you
understand her and believe the fight in her. Getting to play a woman who is
determined and focused, while also at times being clumsy and self-righteous, is
exciting because that's a human being."
Echoing Trevorrow and Bayona, Howard underscores that source material is
crucially important to her; to that end, she drew choices for her character from
Crichton's cautionary tales. "I've read a lot of Michael Crichton's novels, and
there are identifiable themes that run through all his writing. Like any iconic
sci-fi writer, he was preparing us for the future. He was preparing us
emotionally so that we can make the right choices based on our own humanity.
These are the questions Claire is dealing with: Is the humane choice to save the
dinosaurs, or is it better to let nature take its course and allow the dinosaurs
Howard was enthused that her director is just as passionate about these topics
as she. "J.A. is an incredible filmmaker and genius when it comes to frightening
people. He just understands suspense, particularly with creatures and monsters.
Often, what's so frightening is when you don't see the monster until the very,
very last minute. Just at the right moment the monster is exposed in a way that
will haunt you for the rest of your life...but you love it. He is a hard-core
cinephile and someone who has reverence for the greatest visionaries in
storytelling history. He is part of a team who is creating the next chapter of
this story together."
Although Howard has been acting in films since she was a child, her director's
ability to surprise continued to impress her throughout production. "There are a
couple of things that J.A. did on set that I have never experienced as an actor
before. We'd shoot scenes without dialogue, and he would play music, which
informs absolutely everything. We would walk differently, even behave
differently. He also had a lot of dinosaur sound effects. Suddenly, there would
be a really loud roar out of nowhere; it scared us and got a reaction. He uses
these tools to bring us into his world so we are all in sync-all part of the
Bayona wasn't the only one attuned to the fact that production had to be
harmonic. As Howard reunited with Pratt, she reflects about his keenest of
instincts: "Chris just knows the absolutely most fun thing that can happen in a
Jurassic movie. When we're in a scene together, and I see Chris moving, I'd say,
'Guys...Chris' Spidey sense is tingling.' He knows what he would want to be
watching, and we feel like kids when we're on this movie set. You haven't
experienced fun until you've acted opposite Chris Pratt in a Jurassic movie."
Like co-star Pratt, Howard shared in the fear of all things Indoraptor. "We know
the rules in terms of how you survive certain dinosaurs, but the Indoraptor is
an entirely human-made monster," the performer notes. "What is so terrifying
about this creature is that we don't know how to survive against it. If you stay
really still, the T. rex won't be able to see you, and there is the possibility
of escape. Now this dinosaur is a game changer. Dr. Wu has created an
unstoppable weapon. But here's the twist, you would think the scariest thing
that could happen in a Jurassic movie would be facing a dinosaur. What we see in
this movie is that there is something far more menacing and evil-something more
bloodthirsty and ruthless-mankind."
Naturally, Claire's much discussed style from the first chapter has also changed
along with her new world view. "That haircut and the white impeccable suit from
the first movie represented a certain kind of person, who Claire was," sums
Howard. "In this film, I wanted to show right away that she is dramatically
different. Claire is a sensible, intelligent woman who is well prepared." She
laughs: "I'm now wearing really sturdy boots, and I'm very happy about that."
Joining Howard and Pratt are two performers who have been a part of the Jurassic
family since day one. BD Wong returns to the role of Dr. Henry Wu, creator of
the abomination known as Indominus rex. After devouring its only sibling, the
Indominus rex, whose genetic makeup was classified, reached maturity just in
time to take down Jurassic World. Wong explains his character's current
position...in the years after Masrani's investment fell through: "Dr. Wu has been
called out for bad ethics, so he is not on top of his game anymore. He still has
the same knowledge, but he is more desperate and doesn't have the same kind of
mechanism under him. He is in very different circumstances, and his hands are
Still, where there is a brilliant, mad scientist, there are always investors. Wu
is working on a new genetically modified creature, an animal far more terrifying
and intelligent than the T. rex or the Indominus rex. "Dr. Wu is always creating
a new dinosaur," the performer laughs. "Although, I would say his intentions are
not terribly malicious. He turns a blind eye to a few things for the sake of the
glorious technology he is pushing forward, but he really cares about fashioning
the dinosaurs in such detail that they can be controlled. The age-old argument
about how long that would take, and whether it is morally the right thing to do,
is part of the movie."
Dr. Wu's secret lab is revealed in this chapter, and Wong was delighted with the
design. "This set takes the idea of Dr. Wu's secret lab to a whole new level.
The room that we see at the end of Jurassic World pales in comparison to the
operation that is going on down here in this massive subterranean lab. In my
acting career, it is only these movies where I get to work on this kind of set.
It pushes to the wall of the very sound stage. It is extremely detailed,
authentic and appears no expense has been spared."
The Indominus rex was only the beginning of taking genes from a dinosaur that
already existed, cloning it and cross breeding with another species to create
something more awe-inspiring. "The Indoraptor is a great super-villain for the
movie," shares Wong. "As the creator, Wu is somewhat conflicted about the
incarnation because, to his mind, the Indoraptor is not finished yet. He would
like to continue to draft it until perfect. Everyone else just wants to take the
Indoraptor and use it because it appears to be fully functional, but it's not."
Jeff Goldblum bookends the movie as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a character immortalized by
the original Jurassic Park. "Besides being very entertaining, this franchise
does point out some of the issues of the human species today with some
relevance," Goldblum offers. "My character has always spoken out against that:
He didn't like the idea of animals being exploited for entertainment or
money-making. In this movie, the villainy is tied in with capitalist greed and
general stupidity. Those are a couple of Ian Malcolm's favorite subjects."
After the disaster that occurred in the theme park, the island's volcano
threatens to wipe out the population of dinosaurs remaining on Isla Nublar.
"There is a debate going on, and Malcolm is brought to Washington, D.C., to
speak in front of the Senate committee on the issue. He believes we adverted the
course of natural history. We interfered and manipulated, and we did it for the
wrong reasons. Dinosaurs are still a bad idea and as long as the volcano is
going to take them out, we should allow it. If we try to move them, it is going
to end in disaster."
Discussing his partnership with Trevorrow and Bayona, Goldblum is complimentary.
"As I was working on the part, I got some ideas and called Colin. We had a good
hour-and-a-half conversation exchanging our ideas. J.A. is also very sweet and
trusting. He is passionate and serious, not just about making a great movie, but
articulating the issues of the misuse of science and bad ethics voiced via my
Their director was thrilled to have both men rejoin the team. "It is great to
have the couple that we all love so much, but it is as exciting to bring back
some familiar faces," commends Bayona. "We have Dr. Wu returning, and it is
great to have Jeff playing Ian Malcolm once again. To my mind, he is one of the
most charismatic characters in this saga, and to have him playing a role in this
movie is incredible."
"I knew that I wanted Ian Malcolm in the film as somebody who would be the best
authority to say, 'Look at this. I told you this would happen, and sure enough
it has," adds Trevorrow. "I wanted to make sure that he bookended the movie, so
that he was able to set up all of the ideas that we're exploring. It's exciting
because most of the dialogue Ian Malcolm has in the Senate hearing is straight
from Michael Crichton's novel."
Welcome to Jurassic World:
Legends and Newcomers Board
To complete the cadre of characters Trevorrow and Connolly imagined, the
production would cast international actors who represent both players at the top
of their craft, as well as those just beginning their careers in the business.
For Bayona, the one thing he expected from his performers was passion for the
Legendary performer James Cromwell plays Sir Benjamin Lockwood, the wealthy
ex-business partner of John Hammond. He introduces his character's position in
the latest installment: "Lockwood and Hammond were partners and great friends.
Together, they developed the technology to bring these dinosaurs back from
extinction. Hammond and Lockwood drifted apart, which was unfortunate. What
happens in the story is my way of trying to make amends by facilitating what he
would have wanted to happen to these dinosaurs."
A lifelong animal-rights advocate, Cromwell was impassioned by the story
Trevorrow and Connolly were out to tell. He underscores: "The usurpation of
other sentient life for our own purposes, whatever they are, is an important
issue. We do not have a right to determine the value of that life. There is a
price put on every living thing, and that is deplorable. We are to be guardians,
to take care of those creatures that need to be taken care of and to leave those
alone that do not need to be taken care of." He pauses, "Of course, we have been
violating that since the first Homo sapiens stood up."
Rafe Spall plays Eli Mills, controller of the Lockwood Estate and the man whose
purpose it's long been to give dinosaurs a safe place to live. For the
performer, the history and appeal of the franchise has never waned. "I've never
met anyone who didn't like Jurassic Park, and it remains a perfect film. The
simplicity of the water shaking is master filmmaking. That was at a time before
we had the expanse of digital power to create all kinds of different monsters,
explosions and huge set pieces. Getting someone like J.A. to direct this movie
is fantastic because he is a master of suspense. To have both those elements,
the classical suspenseful filmmaking style of J.A. with the might of the digital
animation now available, is an exciting prospect."
In Fallen Kingdom, Spall's character makes some questionable choices. "J.A. and
I talked a lot about ambition, greed and the pursuit of power-how all-consuming
it can be and that it is a huge engine," the actor notes. "Ambition is such a
powerful emotion, you can get wrapped up in it and end up doing things in order
to succeed. This character believes he is doing right. He has been entrusted
with pushing Lockwood's fortune into the future and making it survive after he
dies. Mills feels he is simply doing what he was asked to do."
Newcomer Isabella Sermon portrays Maisie, the young granddaughter of the
billionaire. Producer Crowley tells us a bit about her place in this world:
"It's always been great to see events through the eyes of a small child, one who
doesn't know much about what the dinosaurs or the adults are doing. We've
created this character who's shrouded in mystery. She is a 10-year-old girl
played by Isabella. We interviewed approximately 2,500 girls and chose her. She
is really remarkable, smart as a whip and is tenacious."
The young actress gives us a look inside where we find her character, and the
creature who is singularly focused on getting to her. "The Indoraptor is a
horrible and extremely clever dinosaur," says Sermon. "It was designed to be
used as a weapon but it is completely out of control. In one scene, I'm running
way, and I back down a corridor and feel something in my hair...it is the
Indoraptor's claw. Shooting that scene was quite hard at first because I wasn't
supposed to know there was anything behind me, but it was quite scary. The
prospect of a massive claw sitting there waiting for me was hard to ignore."
Sermon's character is involved in some of the biggest action sequences in the
film, especially when Claire and Owen are trying to rescue her. "There is a big
stunt where Maisie slides down a huge glass roof," shares Sermon. "It was hard
to begin with, but then we progressed to going down head first, which was fun;
now it looks awesome!"
Howard admits that she quite enjoyed working alongside the newcomer. "When I'm
working with a young person, in particular someone like Izzy who is a remarkable
talent, I know that she is going to be truthful because she doesn't know how to
be anything else. Izzy doesn't have any bad tricks or habits picked up along the
way. I try to steal as much as I can from her because she is so good."
Justice Smith, who tackles the role of DPG computer tech Franklin, he talks
about what the franchise meant to him growing up. "The original Jurassic Park
movie came out the year I was born. I remember watching all the movies with my
family whenever we would take road trips. We would have a DVD in our van, and
we'd watch all the films in order. I remember loving them because I liked horror
and thrillers. They hit the right spot."
As the computer genius working for Claire's Dinosaur Protection Group, Franklin
thinks he can do good while staying in the comfort of his own home. "When Claire
goes to Isla Nublar on a mission to protect these animals from the volcano, I
have to go to because the tracking devices in the park need to be reinstated,"
Smith explains. "He does not want to be there, and is so riddled with anxiety
it's funny. Throughout the course of the movie, he learns how to come into his
own by facing death and tribulation repeatedly."
As serious as the story can get, there was time for a bit of fun on set,
especially when it came to be chased up an access ladder by a Baryonyx. "J.A.
thought it would be a good idea to unsettle me a few times," laughs the actor.
"In order to get a genuine reaction, he played a T. rex roar over the loud
speaker to scare me in the middle of a take. Then, during the volcanic eruption,
the chairs had something on them to make them vibrate; that scared the life out
of me as well. It's great for my character because I'm just on edge the entire
time." He adds, dryly, "J.A. thought it was very amusing."
Performer Daniella Pineda went on a research mission to gain an understanding of
how her character, Dr. Zia Rodriguez, a former Marine and paleoveterinarian,
would handle herself in this brave new world. "Paleo-vet is something completely
new to the franchise," she explains. "I spoke in great detail with my dog's
veterinarian about working with syringes, etc. Additionally, we had a number of
specialists on set-one on wild alligators and a consulting veterinarian who has
done a great deal of work with wild reptiles. For example, reptiles have
incredible immune systems because they're ancient beings; you don't need to use
sanitizer, you can just sew them right up! Every little detail I could pick up
along the way really helped color my character."
It's no coincidence that Zia reminds audiences of Dr. Ellie Sattler, who used
her paleo-botany skills to administer help to the ill triceratops in Jurassic
Park. One of Zia's hero moments in this chapter is when Blue is injured and all
eyes are on her to save the Velociraptor's life. Pineda recalls filming day: "I
didn't sleep the night before. Not only was it my character's big scene, but the
task at hand felt so real because the dinosaur I was operating on was an
animatronic creature; it looked so realistic. It felt like I was actually
operating on a real animal."
The actress echoes her fellow cast when it comes to sharing stories about
collaborating with their director. "J.A. knows exactly what he wants, and
working with him was an artistic pleasure" she reflects. "He is incredibly
technical but at the same time, he is an artist and approaches everything with
love and truth. While I was operating on Blue, he incorporated wonderful music
and told me to slow down and take my time. Often directors are telling you to
pick up the pace, speed it up, but that was never the case with J.A."
The Lockwood Foundation has been established for the preservation of these
animals, and it is galvanized to save as many as possible and bring them by ship
to an unknown-island sanctuary that will be, theoretically, safe. There will be
no tourists and no interaction with humanity. Although Lockwood believes that is
being put into effect, he will be soon mistaken.
Toby Jones joins the cast as the manipulative Eversoll, who sees the magnificent
creatures as merely a commodity. "It is safe to say that my character is
interested in money and the profits to be made from generating new dinosaur
breeds," Jones offers. "In a way, he is like a rogue arms dealer; he sees
profits in selling these creatures as weapons. He is totally morally neutral
about whatever he is selling. He is only interested in whether or not it will
make him a profit." The multitalented performer admits characters with
questionable morality are those whom he most relishes bringing to life. "I enjoy
playing people like that who are completely compromised."
The scenes involving Eversoll were filmed on some of the enormous sets built at
Pinewood Studios in England. Jones recalls the scale and detail: "It was
extraordinary, the care and attention that had been paid to each exhibit-and
similarly with the costumes, makeup, wigs, everything across the board. You're
aware that people are taking care of every single detail in a very fast-paced,
action-packed movie. When you walked on to the huge hall of the Lockwood Estate
with the dinosaur exhibits, it was like walking into a natural history museum."
The voice of authority and loving character of Maisie's life is Iris, her nanny.
Played by acclaimed thespian Geraldine Chaplin, Iris looks after both the young
girl and Lockwood. According to Chaplain, "She loves Maisie and would die for
her." Chaplin has appeared in every one of Bayona's features and shares the
history of their friendship. "Years ago, J.A. saw me in a trashy TV show and
asked me to be in his movie. I read the script, and I could tell this guy was
breathing cinema. It turned out to be a huge hit. So the next film, he asked me
to join him in Thailand, and he wrote the most beautiful part for me. Then in A
Monster Calls, it was the same thing. He gives me little bits in every film; he
thinks I'm his good luck charm."
The actress offers how being the daughter of the iconic Charlie Chaplin informed
her start in the business, as well as her work ethic and compassion toward
others. "My father was Charlie Chaplin and not only was he the most famous, most
genius of all people in films-he was also the most loved-which is really
important. When I first came into the industry, everyone wanted me to be good
because my father was their hero. I was treated like a niece, daughter or
granddaughter. They helped me, and it was thanks to their love for my father
that my first steps into the industry were so easy."
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