June 12, 2015 can't come fast enough!
Universal Pictures has released the first movie stills from the highly anticipated movie Jurassic World. The three photos show Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins in character.
The dinosaurs are noticeably—but predictably—being kept hidden from the public for now.
Jurassic World takes place 22 years after the original blockbuster Jurassic Park. In director Colin Trevorrow's upcoming sequel, Pratt plays a scientist who conducts behavioral research on raptors. It's not clear who Howard is playing, but given her crisp all-white suit, it's safe to assume she's an ice queen.
Robinson and Simpkins looked terrified, but it's unclear if that's because they're staring down dinosaur.
Filming began on Apr. 14. "Yesterday I was under a construction crane with Chris Pratt, covered with dirt, eyeballing the exact height of the dinosaur trying to kill him," Trevorrow told Entertainment Weekly at the time. "We both cracked up laughing. Sometimes you just have to stop and let the joy take over."
Via a recent email exchange with SlashFilm.com, Trevorrow confirmed that the movie takes place in a luxury zoo/park on Isla Nublar, which allows 20,000 visitors a day to see dinosaurs roam the grounds.
And yes, it's true that a new breed of dinosaur will be introduced in next summer's movie. According to the filmmaker, it's "bigger, louder, with more teeth," but he cautioned that it's not some "mutant freak."
"It doesn't have a snake's head or octopus tentacles. It's a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level," said Trevorrow, who promised that it honors Michael Crichton's novel. "For me, it's a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film."
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