Friday, August 14, 2015

Dream Cast: Jurassic World Sequel

Hello, Bloggers, because Jurassic World has left giant fossil prints at the box office, becoming the third highest-grossing movie of all time, it only makes sense that it is getting a sequel. So I figured, just for fun, I'd come up with actors that would be exciting new additions to the franchise and my reasons to why that is. I'll start off with the ladies.

Aubrey Plaza: A casting choice like this I could definitely see happen. She already has ties to director Colin Trevorrow who directed her in Safety Not Guaranteed and co-starred with Chris Pratt. I think it would be interesting to see her bring in her own brand of deadpan comedic relief to a film like this. Plus, as a minor Parks and Recreation fan, I can't resist the idea of Andy reuniting with his April!

Marion Cotillard: Usually in a lot of these tentpole films, there is at least one critically acclaimed thespian (Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, etc. in Godzilla, Anthony Hopkins in Thor, Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, etc.). So I figured for this one, why not Marion Cotillard who already has blockbuster cred with The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and the upcoming Assassin's Creed film. Plus, if Omar Sy returns, then he'd get to share the screen with a fellow Francophile.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: Aside fron the upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation that she has lined up, a studio pic like this could really give her the exposure she rightfully deserves and since Jurassic World had a pretty diverse cast, if Gugu were added to the sequel, she would help that trend continue because I'm all for diversity in big Hollywood films. But she could easily give us a heroine as earthly and determined as Ellie Sattler.

Now onto the males.

Ben Mendelsohn: Since I thought Jurassic World was mostly adequate entertainment, if its sequel were to be more subpar, an actor like Ben Mendelsohn could easily make it better with his presence. Not only that, but if he plays a role like a scientist, he could bring us a character as special and three-dimensional as Ian Malcolm.

Jack O'Connell: Since Jurassic Park had kid characters at the center that allowed Ian Malcolm to develop more fatherly traits, I figured for the upcoming sequel, maybe they could include a young adult or early 20's character to flesh out more brotherly traits out of Chris Pratt's character to make him even more human. Jack O'Connell seems like a good fit for that kind of character and it would be interesting to see him and Chris Pratt bounce off each other on screen.

Michael Keaton: Even though Michael Keaton backed out of Kong: Skull Island, perhaps Universal could tempt him with another one of their tentpole properties. Not only that, but Keaton has proven himself to be an amazing ensemble player in films like The Other Guys and even Birdman. Plus, since the film will likely have high octane action, it would be interesting to see if Batman has still got it!

So those are my thoughts on who would be exciting new additions to the Jurassic World franchise. Whether you agree or disagree and whether you want to offer your own casting choices, please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!