Josh Brolin wanted for lead role in new ‘Jurassic Park’ movie

Steven Spielberg returns as a producer with up-and-coming director Colin Trevorrow at the helm

Josh Brolin is reportedly wanted for the lead role in Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise.

According to TheWrap, Brolin has yet to receive an official offer but one is due “shortly” and he is expected to say yes. Also in the frame for roles are 12-year-old Iron Man 3 actor Ty Simpkins, who is said to have “booked a lead [role]”, and Jake Johnson from New Girl. Twilight actress Bryce Dallas Howard has been linked to the film too.

Universal Pictures has recently given the film its official title, Jurassic World, and set a release date of June 12, 2015. It will arrive in cinemas nearly 14 years after the last instalment in the dinosaur franchise, 2001’s Jurassic Park III.

Steven Spielberg will return as a producer and Colin Trevorrow is on board as director. The blockbuster sequel is a big step up for Trevorrow, whose only previous feature film is Safety Not Guaranteed, an indie comedy-drama made for just $750,000 (£500,000) that came out in December last year (2012).

As well as directing, Trevorrow co-wrote the latest draft of the screenplay with Derek Connolly, also his collaborator on Safety Not Guaranteed. “We don’t want to create a new scoop here, but we definitely want to honour what came before us,” Trevorrow said in an interview this July. “We are very aware of how much a certain generation especially cares about this movie and we talk about it all the time and really the conversation is: It’s not about us, it’s not about our careers, it’s how do we make something that can stand with the first one.”

Meanwhile, Brolin recently confirmed he was in the running to play Batman in the forthcoming Man Of Steel sequel, a part which ultimately went to Ben Affleck. He will next be seen in Spike Lee’s remake of South Korean thriller Oldboy, which opens in UK cinemas on December 6.