Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh! That kid! Yeah, I thought the same thing when I saw the headlines, “Who is Ty Simpkins?” Actually, the 12-year old actor made his feature film debut in the Steven Spielberg-produced ‘War of the Worlds’ so this will be a reunion of sorts. But of course, most of us will recognize him from ‘Iron Man 3’, in which he played the rare child character that wasn’t completely annoying. So that bodes well for ‘Jurassic World’! Besides those two movies, he also played the lead, Dalton Lambert, in the ‘Insidious’ movies.
The adult actors have not been officially confirmed, but Bryce Dallas Howard is all but certainly cast with either Idris Elba or Josh Brolin rumored to play her counterpart. Jake Johnson, who plays Nick on ‘The New Girl’ is also rumored to be “in the mix.” ‘Jurassic World’ will be directed by Colin Trevorrow, who worked with Johnson on the indie ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’, so the two already have a working rapport. The initial draft of the script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, but it is expected that Trevorrow will revise it extensively.
Sam Neill, who played Dr. Alan Grant in the very first, groundbreaking ‘Jurassic Park’ mentioned that this movie is essentially a reboot of the franchise, so don’t expect to see any references to the three previous films or the return of any of the former actors, not even the original kids, who are now adults.
Considering that the last ‘Jurassic’ movie came out in 2001, there’s probably an entire generation that’s never seen any of these movies, so this will need to stand on its own and indoctrinate an entirely new audience.
At any rate, the movie comes out the same summer as ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron‘, ‘Batman Vs. Superman’, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’, ‘Fantastic Four‘, ‘Independence Day 2’, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ and possibly ‘Star Trek 3’. Whew! Stiff competition! Or the best summer ever?
‘Jurassic World’ opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.