Colin Trevorrow Talks JURASSIC WORLD; Reveals Returning Cast Member
Colin Trevorrow sat down with IGN recently for an exclusive interview where he discusses the upcoming blockbuster Jurassic World and confirms the return of a cast member from the original 1993 film. Come check it out!
Late last year, Jurassic Park actor, BD Wong teased a possible return for his character Dr. Henry Wu in the upcoming Jurassic World when he tweeted this in response to a fan question about him reprising his role:
Well now it looks like we might have just gotten confirmation of his return through an interview with director Colin Trevorrow. He had this to say about Wong's character in an exclusive interview conducted by IGN: "...there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. This hasn’t been announced yet, but BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.
Trevorrow knows that many fans were hoping for the return of Sam Neill's Dr. Alan Grant, Laura Dern's Ellie Sattler, and Jeff Goldblum's Ian Malcolm, but said he wouldn't want to trivialize their return as he has too much respect for the aforementioned actors just to have them appear for brief cameos. "I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go."
Trevorrow says the toughest part so far was getting the script right: "There are a hundred different ways to tell any story, finding the right one takes persistence. Jurassic Park movies don’t fit into a specific genre. They’re sci-fi adventures that also have to be funny, emotional and scary as hell. That takes a lot of construction, but it can’t feel designed. The characters have to be authentic, the situations real." He doesn't reveal any plot details, but does acknowledge the extensive time spent on the script, which ultimately led to postponing the film's release. "...The process got easier when we decided not to rush to meet that 2014 release date. There just wasn’t enough time. Steven Spielberg had the foresight to make that call, the studio was supportive, and I couldn’t be more grateful."
Even though he doesn't reveal anything about the plot, he does share a few details about how the film will look: "We’re shooting 35mm and 65mm film. We’re also using an aspect ratio that hasn’t been seen theatrically in a very long time. The movie will be presented in 2 to 1. It’s basically a middle ground between 2.35 and 1.85. It allows us enough height to fit humans and dinosaurs into a single frame, without giving up that sense of scope. It’s very close to the ratio of the digital IMAX screens, so it will look great in large format."
When asked about how his film differ from the original trilogy, Trevorrow said this: "I’m not on a mission to separate this film from the ones that came before. That will happen naturally – I have different instincts... This film will have a lot of new ideas in it, but I think the spirit will be familiar. It will have an old soul." He also goes on to talk about Chris Pratt's character: "He’s a classic hero in a very modern context. He’s the guy who will get you through the jungle alive – but like Malcolm, Grant and Sattler, he’s an expert in a scientific field that’s connected to our story. The character allows us to explore some new ideas about our relationship with these animals, without losing the humor and sense of adventure."
Catch Trevorrow's full interview at IGN
Jurassic World features:
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Chris Pratt as Owen
Bryce Dallas Howard as Beth
Vincent D'Onofrio as Morton
Irrfan Khan as Rajesh Patel
Nick Robinson as Zach
Ty Simpkins as Gray
BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu
Jurassic World hits theaters June 12, 2015.
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