Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World is shaping up to be a movie to get excited for. Maybe I’m partial– I was more than mildly obsessed with Jurassic Park as a teenager, and I’ve always loved dinosaurs in general– but between the director pushing back against a too-early release date and casting really cool actors like Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as the leads, this fourth venture to the islands could be something special.
The latest gold star for Trevorrow came during his interview with IGN, in which he explained which character will make a surprising re-appearance in Jurassic World, and why it won’t be one of the main heroes of the previous movies.
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.
But 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.
I have to say Dr. Wu is about the last person I expected to come back, but it makes a lot of sense– he had a much bigger part in the original book, so there’s more source material that could be rolled in to his character… But from the way Trevorrow describes him above, I think it’s clear they have some cool ideas for the good doctor already.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go get even more interested in this movie…