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It was a surprise to see Jurassic World become the highest grossing film of the year and the third highest grossing movie of all time. But for Bryce Dallas Howard, one of the biggest surprises was how much everyone cared about her character’s choice of footwear. The most unrealistic factor wasn’t all the dinosaurs roaming Isla Nublar, it was Claire Dearing running away from said dinosaurs and across the entire island in heels. According to Howard, she’ll be ditching her painful shoes for the sequel.
Collider sat down with the actress ahead of Jurassic World’s home release. After discussing the HeelsGate, Howard confirmed,
The way that Colin [Trevorrow] told me that the sequel was happening, when it got greenlit, and that I was going to be in it, he texted me #NoHeels2018. And I was like, ‘Yeah, boy!’
Howard also remarked that her more superficial side was happy people recognized that it’s difficult to run in heels. However, in terms of the controversy, the actress explained that it all goes back to her character. Claire is the kind of woman who wears high heels all the time. Furthermore, she never planned on traipsing around an island, and for her to magically stumble across a pair of flats wouldn’t work either. That said, she’s thrilled she doesn’t have to wear them for the sequel.
Watch her interview with Collider below.
After Jurassic World’s unprecedented amount of success, Universal didn’t instantly green light a sequel, which seemed weird at the time. But the announcement eventually came, and now Jurassic World 2 is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018. Colin Trevorrow, who will be involved but not as a director, teased the story will revolve around rival companies growing their own dinosaurs. What that means for the world can’t be good. One of the larger themes in Jurassic World was the implications of growing and training these beasts to become weapons and soldiers for the government, which could potentially play a part, as well.
Chris Pratt will return for the sequel as badass raptor researcher Owen. It’s unclear where we might find these characters in the sequel, whether he continues with his work and goes back to being the alpha of another raptor pack, whether Claire finds more dino-centric work, or whether the pair ride off into the sunset together. Since it’s still a Jurassic Park movie, their happiness won’t last. At the very least, Claire’s feet won’t be in pain.