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Now is the time of year when all of 2015's big blockbusters start going into production - like The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: Episode VII - and Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World is in the same position. Cameras have just started rolling on the blockbuster sequel, which means that it's now putting its final touches on the cast. We already know that the movie is going to star Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio and Irrfan Khan, but now reports have come out saying that Andy Buckley - best known for his work on the NBC sitcom The Office - is joining the cast as well.
What's unfortunate is that Variety's article about the casting doesn't include any information about the character that Buckley will be playing. That's not too big a surprise, however, as we don't even know what Jurassic World is about. Trevorrow and Pat Crowley penned the script, but Universal has yet to release an official logline for the movie - just a few of photos from the set.
Andy Buckley is easily most recognizable from his time on The Office, where he played David Wallace, the CFO of the paper company that served as the show's main setting. Buckly has, however, been acting in Hollywood since the early 1990s, with most of his roles being on the small screen. He does have a few small big screen roles under his belt, including parts in Bridesmaids, Life As We Know It, The Other Guys and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. In case you couldn't tell, he primarly works in comedy. He will soon be featured in two episodes of the new Mike Judge HBO series Silicon Valley, and he has a role alongside Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudekis in Horrible Bosses 2.
While most of the Jurassic World cast is comprised of dramatic actors, it's interesting that the movie is including comedic performers like Pratt, Greer and Buckley. There has always been a light sense of fun mixed in with all the dino terror of the Jurassic Park movies, and I wonder if bringing in actors with comedy backgrounds is Trevorrow's way of accessing that in his movie. Buckley's humor is definitely a lot more dry than Pratt's, who is a great physical comedian, and Greer, who tends to be very energetic, but it's interesting that both Pratt and Buckley are connected through the fact that they have been big parts of NBC Thursday night comedy shows (a network owned by Universal).
Jurassic World is currently shooting, and we hope that we will soon get to hear a lot more about it's plot. The film will be out in theaters on June 12th, 2015