Justice Smith Boards Jurassic World Sequel

Justice Smith is the latest addition to the Jurassic Park sequel

The cast of director JA Bayona‘s Jurassic World sequel continues to expand today with the addition of Justice Smith. Smith, best known for headlining Netflix‘s The Get Down will, according to a story today at The Hollywood Reporter, play a scientist in the 2018 release.

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Bayona, whose latest, A Monster Calls, opens later this month, will direct the Jurassic World sequel from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Justice Smith will join a cast that includes returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard alongside Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg will produce the film, which is scheduled for a release on June 22, 2018.

Trevorrow previously revealed the quote from the original Jurassic Park that inspired their idea for the sequel, which comes from Sam Neil’s Alan Grant: “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?”

“Every story is different and you need to find the depth of every story and try to express it on the screen,” Bayona recently told CS. “The ‘Jurassic World’ sequel is a more collaborative filmmaker experience, not only with Colin Trevorrow, but also with Steven [Spielberg] and with Frank Marshall. It’s their baby as much as it is mine. It’s about sharing views and working together to bring the story to life. But, at the same time, the way I face telling a story is to find something very personal. I think there will be plenty of myself also in the film.”

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Justice Smith also well known for playing the role of Radar in the big-screen adaptation of John Green‘s Paper Towns.

Cameras are expected to roll on the Jurassic World sequel in March.

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