Why We’re All So Excited For ‘Jurassic World’ – And Meet The New Cast

The first trailer for Jurassic World debuted yesterday (November 25), three days earlier than we had been led to expect, and the instant reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Unless you’re a palaeontologist pointing out the flaws in the CGI dinosaurs – most of them should have feathers, according to recent research – chances are you were impressed with the special effects, pretty convinced by Chris Pratt’s first few lines as the franchise’s new leading man, and generally excited in a nostalgic kind of way about the prospect of watching another Jurassic Park film in 2015.

Sure, Jurassic World has a new director, rising star Colin Trevorrow, and lots of fresh acting talent including Pratt, 13-year-old Ty Simpkins and The Twilight Saga‘s Bryce Dallas Howard, but it seems pretty clear from the trailer that the fourth film in the franchise is designed to hark back to the iconic original film from 1993, which followed Richard Attenborough’s billionaire CEO, John Hammond, and his disastrous attempt to create a theme park populated with cloned dinos. Don’t believe me? Check out the plug for Steven Spielberg as “EXECUTIVE PRODUCER” in the trailer – and Jurassic World‘s official plot synopsis:

“22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur Theme Park Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Patel Corporation. Owen, a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, conducts behavioural research on the Velociraptors. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires.”

By the time Jurassic World opens next June, it will have been 14 years since the franchise’s last instalment, plenty long enough for the dull disappointment of Jurassic III to have been forgotten, and for the reputation of the original film – which to this day remains visually stunning, intermittently terrifying and totally engrossing – to swell. Jurassic Park has a Certified Fresh rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is now widely acknowledged as an all-time classic blockbuster. The kids who were gobsmacked at the time are now grown-ups who can pay for their own cinema tickets, and new generations continue to be seduced by it – dinosaurs never really go out of fashion, do they? So now feels like the right time for Jurassic Park to get the sequel it truly deserves. With this in mind, here are the key players who’ll be helping to make you tremble like a cup of water positioned in close proximity to an approaching T-rex.

Chris Pratt as Owen
This 35-year-old actor needs no introduction following his popular role in Parks And Recreation and rather more slimline appearance in Guardians Of The Galaxy. If the trailer is anything to go by, his scientist Owen is pretty sceptical about his colleagues’ decision to create a new hybrid dino. “You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea”, he says matter-of-factly.

Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire
Whereas his fellow scientist, Claire, is all for a bit of genetic meddling, explaining explains somewhat smugly in the trailer: “We have learned more in the past decade from genetics than in the past century of digging up bones.” Though not quite a household name, this 33-year-old actress should be familiar to blockbuster fans from her appearances in Spider-Man 3 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson as Zach and Gray
Simpkins, 13 and recognisable for his roles in Iron Man 3 and Insidious, and 19-year-old Robinson, who co-stars in US sitcom Melissa And Joey, play the film’s young leads, Zach and Gray, who happen to be the nephews of Howard’s character Claire. Their mother is played by Judy Greer, Hollywood’s queen of supporting characters, who can be seen kissing them goodbye in the trailer.