Ty Simpkins – the 12-year-old actor from Iron Man 3, Insidious and Steven Spielberg’s War Of The Worlds – has reportedly joined the cast of the new Jurassic Park movie.
According to Deadline, Simpkins has “booked a lead [role]” in the dinosaur sequel and Jake Johnson (aka Nick in New Girl) is also “in the mix” for a part. Twilight actress Bryce Dallas Howard has been linked to the film too.
The sequel has recently been given the title Jurassic World and Universal Pictures has 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 of 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.”