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This summer we saw Chris Pratt tussle with all kinds of alien monsters in Guardians of the Galaxy, but next summer it will be dino time. The actor is playing the male lead in Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, and today we have our first still of him side-by-side with a ferocious Velociraptor:
In case you couldn't tell, this brand new Jurassic World still comes straight to us from the Twitter account of director Colin Trevorrow, who seems to use this image as a holiday card of sorts. This isn't our first look at Chris Pratt in character as Owen, a Jurassic Park employee/doctor, as he was one of the actors featured in last month's debut trailer, but this is the first time that we have seen him standing next to a dinosaur that can rip the flesh from his bones.
So what exactly is going on here? Chris Pratt doesn't seem to be all that nervous considering he is standing next to a terrifying terrible lizard with its mouth wide open. My first instinct is to say that this is merely a behind the scenes photo that shows off Chris Pratt standing next to a practical, animatronic dinosaur on the Jurassic World set, but there is another possibility. Colin Trevorrow has revealed in the past that Pratt's character is a scientist who is doing behavioral research on Velociraptors. Is it at all possible that he has managed to train this particular raptor to a certain degree? Certainly if anyone could charm one of these beasts it would be Chris Pratt.
Beyond just the conversation that comes out of Pratt standing so close to a raptor, this picture is rather encouraging simply because of the way it features practical effects. That dinosaur looks like it was taken right off the set of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park in 1994, and in no way is that a bad thing. One of the weaker aspects of the Jurassic World trailer was that its dinosaurs were mostly CGI, and it made me worry about the ratio of real to digital that will be featured in the final product. This is encouraging.
Based on a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World is set 22 years after the events seen in the original film and begins with the dinosaur theme park actually functioning. Unfortunately, the thrill of seeing extinct creatures has worn off, leading the executives behind the business to try and find a way to increase ticket sales. This leads to a bit of tampering with genetics, and eventually a whole lot of trouble. In addition to Chris Pratt, the film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan and BD Wong. Universal Pictures will be releasing the movie on June 12, 2015.