Iron Man 3's Kid Actor Books Jurassic World Lead, And Jake Johnson May Be Next
Let's be real-- the stars of this movie are still going to be the dinosaurs-- but Jurassic World continues to add humans who will at least prevent us from screaming "Bring back Goldblum!" at the screen. Deadline reports that Ty Simpkins, best known as "that kid who miraculously wasn't obnoxious in Iron Man 3," has snagged a lead role in the film, which is now set for a June 12, 2015 release date. Deadline also hears that Jake Johnson, star of Fox's New Girl and the recent VOD hit Drinking Buddies, is in the mix for a lead role, but can't get confirmation from the studio. Johnson also starred in director Colin Trevorrow's breakthrough hit Safety Not Guaranteed, so it's not hard to imagine the director would want to bring in his buddy on his big-budget adventure.
The only other human name that's been connected to a role in the film is Bryce Dallas Howard, who was rumored for a lead role back in September but also hasn't been confirmed. Trevorrow, who was handed the project back in March with Steven Spielberg on board as a producer, will be working from a script by Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. But, remarkably, that script has managed to stay very secret. Trevorrow joined a fan podcast earlier this year and warned fans "don't believe everything you read. There are way more insiders on the internet than there are in real life." And despite rumors about things like aquatic dinosaurs and a return to the original island, nothing whatsoever has been confirmed. So far, that's exactly the way we like it.
From the way Deadline tells it Simpkins' casting is a done deal, which means we might get confirmation about Howard and Johnson's participation soon as well. In the meantime, check out Johnson in the trailer for Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed, and let us know your thoughts on their potential reunion.
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