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Josh Gad got to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom early – and loved what he saw. The Jurassic Park franchise had a hard time figuring out the next step following 2001’s Jurassic Park III. That entry was essentially a plotless retread of the first two movies, and while it was a financial success it didn’t leave much of a lasting impact on viewers. Several concepts were thrown around in the intervening years, including the outlandish suggestion of Raptor/human hybrids.
The series returned after nearly 15 years with Jurassic World, which had the elegantly simple concept of the park being open and working – and then things go to hell. While Universal expected the movie to be a success, they probably weren’t quite predicting how just big it would become; it ended its box office run with $1.6 billion worldwide, and is currently the 4th highest grossing movie of all time. It didn’t take long for the studio to greenlight the next movie, with J.A. Bayona taking on directing duties for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom story sees returning characters Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) leading a rescue mission to Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano – only to find the company financing the mission has darker motives. The most recent trailer made the movie look like a hybrid of blockbuster and horror movie, and actor Josh Gad took to Twitter to profess how much he enjoyed it.
I may or may not have seen a certain upcoming Dinosaur movie with the guy from “Parks and Rec” and the girl from Black Mirror but if I did, I was blown away.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 30, 2018
Anticipation has been steadily building for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with each new trailer, so Gad’s recommendation – making the reasonably safe assumption the “dinosaur” movie he means is Fallen Kingdom – won’t hurt the hype machine any. The third movie has already been with greenlit, with Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow returning to co-write and direct the final part of the trilogy.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also sees the return of Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm. Malcolm has been an audience favorite since the first movie, and Fallen Kingdom will be the character’s first appearance since The Lost World. Sadly, Malcolm’s appearance in the sequel will amount to a cameo, though the character will play a much larger role in upcoming video game Jurassic World: Evolution. The chaos theory expert will be on hand to advise players building their very own park, and given his level of experience in such matters, his advice should prove valuable.