‘Jurassic World 2’ is starting to take shape, with the apparent confirmation that B.D. Wong will reprise his role as scientist Dr. Henry Wu in J.A. Bayona’s anticipated sequel.
Wong was the only actor in 2015’s enormously successful sequel to reprise his role from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic. The plot revealed that in the intervening years, Wong had become a respected and leading scientist in the field of genetics.
This lead him to becoming the lead geneticist at Jurassic World, a new theme park, and to the creation of the Indominus Rex: a new dinosaur hybrid created to keep the park’s investors happy.
When the I-Rex escapes, running rampant across the park, Wu makes a hasty escape after it becomes apparent his creation won’t be easy to stop. His escape leaves a plot thread dangling for the sequel.
Which leads us nicely on to a comment from Hollywood legend and executive producer Frank Marshall, who told Cinema Blend, referring to Wu: “When they take off in helicopters, you know they’re probably going to come back.”
In the scene during which Wong makes his escape, it’s revealed that he’s in cahoots with Vincent Donofrio’s Hoskins and Ingen – the company behind the original Jurassic Park resort.
Their ‘side-project’ relates to Hoskins’ desire to find a military use for the park’s scaly-inhabitants, and so Wu is sent off the island in a helicopter with the “assets” (most likely dinosaur embryos).
In a later scene we see inside Wu’s secret office, where Hoskins explains the plan to create miniature I-Rexs, and possibly other genetically-engineered breeds, then use them in the military. He then, justly, gets eaten by a raptor.
The plot threads are certainly there for Bayona’s sequel, which will also see the returns of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as Owen and Claire. British actors Toby Jones and Rafe Spall will reportedly be among the newcomers playing “key roles”.
‘Jurassic World 2’ will start filming at Pinewood Studios in February and is set for release on 22 June 2018.