In Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, Chris Pratt plays a dinosaur researcher who visits a new dinosaur theme park and, along with the manager of the park (Bryce Dallas Howard) and a couple of kids (Nick Robinson and Ty Sympkins), ends up fighting for his life when some dangerous dinosaurs inevitably get loose. At a glance, it could easily be mistaken for a remake rather than a sequel.
One major selling point that Jurassic World does have going for it, however, is its introduction of a “hybrid” dinosaur, created by the park’s over-enthusiastic scientists in an effort to attract more guests to Isla Nublar. Although the appearance of this hybrid dinosaur is currently being kept secret (which is good for hype, but could lead to the ultimate reveal not living up to said hype), it’s safe to assume that the scientists didn’t cross a cuddleosaur with a fluffiosaur. Mainly because those are made-up dinosaurs.
In an interview with EW, Trevorrow confessed his Jurassic Park nerd status, saying that he grew up loving the the movie’s “epic spectacles” and saw it on opening night at the theater. Trevorrow was specifically picked by Jurassic Park director and Jurassic World executive producer Steven Spielberg, and his plan is to push boundaries in the same way that the original film did, starting with the invention of a brand new dinosaur.
“There are dinosaurs and there’s the other—there’s this thing that is not one of them, that is not of them… There’s a lot of bold new ideas in the movie and I’m pushing it as far forward as I can. I know Steven didn’t want me to make a carbon copy of the earlier films. So we’re going for it.”
EW also has an “exclusive” image of Chris Pratt riding on a motorcycle surrounded by velociraptors, but given the familiarity of this particular scene it’s unclear whether this is actually an exclusive image or just a still from the trailer. Either way, the velociraptor motorcycle ride looks best in motion so here’s a gif version.
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The other key difference between Jurassic Park and Jurassic World is that, in the latter, the park is already open and filled with thousands of visitors. That means that things are likely to get very messy later on in the film, but on the bright side at least the dinosaurs won’t go hungry.
Jurassic World‘s cast also includes Jake Johnson, Vincent D’Onofrio and B.D. Wong, who will be reprising his role as Henry Wu from the original film. Trevorrow co-wrote the screenplay with his Safety Not Guaranteed partner Derek Connolly. If nothing else, it should be worth seeing just to find out how Pratt’s character managed to become a friend of the raptors.
Jurassic World hits theaters on June 12th, 2015.