Jurassic World 2 has some massive, dinosaur-shaped shoes to fill when it finally hits theaters in 2018. Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World brought the beloved franchise back in full force, and J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) is hard at work on its follow up. Today, we learned something big. The movie's title. Get ready for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
We don't get a lot of detail beyond the new title, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The Tweet is accompanied by a logo that's the same as the one for Jurassic World. The slogan that comes WITH the logo and title, "Life Finds a Way," is a direct reference to the inclusion of Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), who returns to the Jurassic franchise for the first time since Steven Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997.
After the Malcolm confirmation, the rest remains up in the air. We have a few plot threads to tug on, starting with the exit by BD Wong's Henry Wu, who escaped the site of the last movie's disaster with dinosaur DNA in tow. There have been rumors that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (that's going to take some getting used to) would explore the concept of weaponizing dinos, as Vincent D'Onofrio's character wanted to do with his Raptors in the original Jurassic World. We shall see.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, as directed by J.A. Bayona, has been filming for some time already in the UK, and recently transitioned to Honolulu, the filming location of the previous chapters in the lucrative franchise. While the plot is being kept under wraps, we know that Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be reprising their roles as Owen and Claire. We don't expect the action to be contained to the island that housed the doomed theme park from Jurassic World, so we're excited to learn how Bayona and his screenwriter, Derek Connolly, advance this plot forward.
In addition to Jeff Goldbum, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is finding roles for Toby Jones, James Cromwell, Rafe Spall and Ted Levine. Their characters are new to the unfolding narrative, and that first-look photo from months ago suggested the presence of a young girl in a dinosaur museum. Each detail to this sequel brings up fresh questions. We remain intrigued.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters one year from today (technically). It opens everywhere on June 22, 2018. For an up-to-date rundown of all movies opening in theaters later this year, head over to this page.