‘Jurassic World 2’ News & Update: Netflix’s Star Justice Smith Is Part Of The Sequel?

By Ralphy Bonn Sim , Updated Dec 02, 2016 05:28 AM EST

"Jurassic World 2" has been out looking for potential dino chow, and now it is focused on Justice Smith. The young star of Netflix's "The Get Down" has just been cast in the J.A. Bayona-directed sequel, joining franchise newcomers are Rafe Spall and Toby Jones and returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Oh, and speaking of Howard, she's got some good news coming her way, too. After her Claire spent most of "Jurassic World" sprinting around the jungle in stiletto heels, writer and producer Colin Trevorrow has promised she'll get much more comfortable footwear in the next film.

The Jurassic World 2 Justice Smith casting, but have no details on his role in the movie. Smith had just a few smaller roles under his belt, including a supporting turn in "Paper Towns," before his breakout this summer in Baz Lurhmann's Netflix drama "The Get Down." Though the show itself is something of a glorious mess, in typical Baz Luhrmann fashion; Smith has rightfully been praised for his sensitive, charismatic lead performance as budding rapper Zeke.

He will wear a high-profile part in "Jurassic World 2," and glad to see Jurassic World 2 get an infusion of exciting up-and-coming talent. None of the filmmakers are saying much yet about the plot of "Jurassic World 2," though we've heard a bit about the general concepts and themes that'll drive the movie.

Colin Trevorrow has described the film as "more suspenseful and scary" and said about its themes of animal abuse and open source development. J.A Bayona has indicated that his film will tie more closely to the original "Jurassic Park" than "Jurassic World" did, calling the upcoming sequel the fifth chapter of a longer saga. One of those connections looks likely to be B.D. Wong's Henry Wu, the scientist first seen in Jurassic Park and again in Jurassic World.

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