Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Director Confirms Bryce Dallas Howard Won't Run In Heels

claire dearing running in heels in jurassic world

Jurassic World made a lot of impressions when it first hit theaters back in 2015. While a lot of those lasting impressions were about cool shots and large dinosaurs, the flick caught a bit of flack for filming Bryce Dallas Howard's character, Claire Dearing, running away from a T-Rex in a full-fledged pair of heels. This time around, those involved with the movie have already teased sturdier boots will be on the way, but if you wanted definite confirmation that our heroine won't be running around in heels during Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, director J.A. Bayona has been happy to oblige. He said she will not be running around in heels during the second movie, saying:

No, no. Definitely, she's more prepared in this one. In the first movie it was more like she was caught by surprise. But in this one she's totally ready and prepared for the adventure.

So, pinky swear promise, no ladies will be running around in heels, whether they be pumps, stilettos or chunky shoes. I'd have to guess that one of the big reasons for this has to be the amount of flack that the original Jurassic World, which was directed by Colin Trevorrow, but J.A. Bayona also told CinePop that one of the big goals for the new movie was to make Claire Dearing come off as a strong female character as a whole.

The director also noted that the events in the movie will be propelled forward by Bryce Dallas Howard's character. As we've seen briefly in the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, it's Claire who really sets off the chain of events in the sequel, and it's all part of making sure the character does have a full role in the new movie. J.A. Bayona said that Claire can be "emotional" but that she's "strong" too, noting,

Also she's very physical and tough. I think she's a very complete character. When the film starts, the story starts with Claire looking for Owen. She's the one convincing him to join her and go back to the island to rescue the dinosaurs. So, she has as much of an important role as Owen has in the story this time.

As for Bryce Dallas Howard, when Jurassic World initially came out, the actress did defend wearing heels, noting her character was a person who lived and worked in tall shoes and would be equipped to move quickly in them. (As for the actress herself, running in heels was difficult.) She also said the jungle is not conducive to going barefoot, and theme parks with a ton of rubble and mess presumably wouldn't be the best fit, either.

We'll find out exactly how Claire comes off when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters on June 22, 2018. While you wait, you can check out what we know about the upcoming movie with our full guide.

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

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