Here's everything you need to know about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom!

News Den of Geek Staff

Apr 26, 2018

You knew it wasn’t over, right? You understood our relationship with genetically engineered dinosaurs couldn’t have reached its conclusion. Not after Jurassic World ended with Henry Wu flying off into an unnamed sequel while carrying the technology to make more genetic hybrid dinosaurs… and not with Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World earning $1.6 billion worldwide. So yes, Jurassic World 2 was as unstoppable as a pair of heels running away from a T. Rex. And now that sequel has a name, plus so much more. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (and everything you need to know about it)!

Jurassic World 2 Release Date

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives on June 22, 2018. 

Jurassic World 2 Trailer

Life has found a way to keep the Jurassic Park franchise healthy and going for a long time to come if the final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is any indication. In the latest (and lengthy) tease of June’s upcoming dinosaur fun, Universal has released a trailer that gives a bigger idea about the overall arc of Fallen Kingdom, as well as presumably where the franchise will go afterward. Indeed, in the below video, we learn that our heroes return to Isla Nublar not only to save these dinosaurs, but also inadvertently to help an evil corporation kidnap them and mine their genetic patents to create new obedient dinosaur soldiers.

What could possibly go wrong?! (Cue the sequels about the end of the world.)

Based on what we’re seeing, the new trailer will take us further down the rabbit hole of ravenous prehistoric creatures. Complementing the plethora of scary dinosaur footage is Jeff Goldblum’s returning Ian Malcolm, who’s in vintage doomsayer mode, showing more of his ominous statement from the hearing-type setting previewed in the previous clips. Plus, the Boogie Man has nothing on what’s creeping up on one poor kid’s bed in the clip’s closing moments.  – Life finds a way, indeed.

Check out the earlier Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailers, too!

Fans of the franchise will be delighted by the inclusion of Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm. The character, who debuted as a sarcastic, chaos-theory-spouting, scene-stealer in 1993’s Jurassic Park, would subsequently serve as the protagonist for the 1997 sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. This appearance in Fallen Kingdom marks his first Jurassic movie since the latter.

Jurassic World 2 Cast

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will see the return of Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing. B.D. Wong is also returning as the morally questionable Dr. Wu. However, the most exciting of returns will undoubtedly be Jeff Goldblum reprising his stuttering stud, Dr. Ian Malcolm. Now that’s chaos!

Esteemed acting veteran James Cromwell will be adding his name to the cast of Jurassic World, as well, which hopefully means he’ll get to one day intone to a raptor, “That’ll do, dinosaur. That’ll do.” 

Meanwhile, Toby Jones, best known in geek circles for turns in Sherlock and Captain America, is also  signed on to Jurassic World 2, as according to Variety. He will likewise join Rafe Spall (Prometheus), who was most recently seen as a regular on Showtime’s Roadies. Ted Levine of Silence of the Lambs fame is also cast, as is Daniella Pineda of TBS’ The Detour has also been cast in an unspecified role.

Alas for those hoping that Jake Johnson would return should know that he has confirmed he won’t be back.

Jurassic World 2 Story

While not directing the dinosaur sequel, Colin Trevorrow still has a writing credit on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, alongside Derek Connolly (Jurassic World, Kong: Skull Island). Also, considering that Trevorrow has been thinking about dinosaurs for years since taking on the job of rewriting and directing the Jurassic World screenplay, it is not too surprising that he already has an idea about where to take the franchise next.

While previously chatting with Wired, Trevorrow revealed that the franchise seems done with the staple of theme parks and even people getting chased by dinosaurs on an island. As the premise has been pursued four times to date, he might have a point.

“[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast,” says Trevorrow. But he did elaborate that in this familiar formula’s place, he likes the idea of escalation in dinosaur genetic testing, and the potential applications various corporations (or presumably governments) might have for it.

Trevorrow stated that “this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power, and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it, and later on we found it could be used for energy. And this isn’t something necessarily that was in the book but is a seed that I wanted to plant in this movie, is that might be able to grow in more of these movies if they decide to make more of them, is: what if this went open source? It’s almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hand on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?”

It’s a scary idea that opens the Jurassic Park franchise up to a wide range of storytelling avenues.

“There is room for this universe to expand,” Trevorrow continued. “I shouldn’t use the word ‘universe,’ because people will think we’re making a Jurassic World Universe—we’re not.”

Colin Trevorrow also later elaborated about how they are leaving “dinosaurs chasing people on an island” behind while talking with Jurassic Cast Podcast.

“It will get to be a different kind of film,” Trevorrow said. “The audience has given us permission to a certain extent to take this to the next level, and I don’t necessarily mean in scale, I feel very strongly that it’s not about more dinosaurs or bigger and better dinosaurs, it’s about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals and about animals in general, and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life.”

He also explained how Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire will apparently be the emotional focal point of this budding trilogy since we will see this world evolve in relation to these animals and this kind of science through her eyes:

“Even though Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world, Owen has shit to deal with. The two of them opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and each of them are responsible for different elements of it in different ways, and I think the way that these characters are connected to the circumstances of what’s happening, it’s different than the previous films. It’s not ‘let’s manufacture a way to get them somewhere.’ They’re embedded into it now in a way that as storytellers makes it much easier for us to keep them involved and doesn’t feel as contrived.”

Bryce Dallas Howard backed this up, telling E! thatClaire is a different person now,” Howard said. “The person she is at the end of the [first] movie is not the person she was in the beginning. Her armor of sorts was that white, pristine outfit with heels in a very corporate environment and stuff, and the chick at the end –- totally different.”

Further, director J.A. Bayona elsewhere stated the film would be closer to the tone of the original Jurassic Park than its predecessor, which would be at least a bit odd since Jurassic World was often a slavish love letter to the original Steven Spielberg film.

While chatting with Cinemablend, Bayona said, “What we’re doing is a sequel to Jurassic World, but it’s definitely the fifth chapter of a longer saga. It’s very interesting. It’s always tricky, but you need to find a balance in what people expect to find, and the new stuff you’re bringing to the story. And I think the story is looking for a connection between Jurassic World and Jurassic Park – more than what Jurassic World did.”