Rupert Friend Joins the New ‘Jurassic World’ Movie


(Left) Rupert Friend stars in Wes Anderson's 'Asteroid City'. (Right) 'Jurassic World'. Photo: Universal Pictures.

(Left) Rupert Friend stars in Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’. (Right) ‘Jurassic World’. Photo: Universal Pictures.


  • Rupert Friend is joining the new ‘Jurassic World’ film.
  • Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Bailey are in the cast.
  • Gareth Edwards is directing the movie from David Koepp’s script.

With the cameras due to roll in London next month, there is a hive of activity around the new ‘Jurassic World’ movie –– or whatever it ends up being titled.

Casting is a big part of that, and the movie is beginning to gather the ensemble of people it needs to dodge death by dino (or not, depending on their fate).

The latest to take their chances on the new movie is Rupert Friend, who will join the cast ahead of production kicking off.

Untitled Jurassic World Movie
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What’s the story of the new ‘Jurassic World’ movie?

2015's 'Jurassic World.'

2015’s ‘Jurassic World.’ Photo: Universal Pictures.

Universal is mostly keeping the details of the new movie quiet for now. But we can at least predict big-toothed beasts causing trouble for the humans that foolishly interact with them.

It’ll reportedly be set in the ‘Jurassic World’ era, but won’t directly connect to the previous three movies, so an appearance from characters such as those films’ Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) or Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howards) appears unlikely for now –– though we won’t rule anything out at this point.

From the sounds of it, this new movie would take the franchise in a fresh new direction, so we’re also not predicting (for now) the return of ‘Jurassic Park’ trio Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Jeff Goldblum’s chaotician Malcolm.

Who else is in the new ‘Jurassic World’ movie?

Scarlett Johansson stars in 'Wes Anderson's Asteroid City.'

Scarlett Johansson stars in ‘Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City.’

Friend is the latest addition to the cast, which already includes Scarlett Johansson, ‘Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey and ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’s Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.

You’ll likely have seen Friend in Wes Anderson’s most recent work –– ‘Asteroid City’ on the big screen and his NetflixRoald Dahlshorts on TV. He also appeared as The Grand Inquisitor in ‘Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi’ on Disney+.

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Who is making the new ‘Jurassic World’ movie?

'The Creator' director Gareth Edwards.

‘The Creator’ director Gareth Edwards.

David Koepp, who wrote both the 1993 classic ‘Jurassic Park’ (directed by Steven Spielberg) and its 1997 sequel, ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ (also directed by Spielberg, to less critical praise, but still healthy box office), crafted the new movie’s screenplay.

Longtime producer Frank Marshall, who worked on all three of the ‘Jurassic World’ movies is on board this one also, and the studio seems bullish about the progress so far. And of course, Spielberg will weigh in since he helped birth the franchise.

Gareth Edwards, who most recently directed ‘The Creator’, is in the director’s chair for the new ‘Jurassic’ effort.

When will the new ‘Jurassic World’ movie be in theaters?

Universal wants to have the dinosaurs stomping back on to screens on July 2nd, 2025, so this will need to be a quick turnaround.

2018's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.'

2018’s ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.’ Photo: Universal Pictures.

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