Jurassic World Director On Why Jake Johnson Isn’t In The Sequel

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“Jurassic World” was a huge hit and the sequel “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is currently filming in Hawaii. The sequel will see franchise star Jeff Goldblum make his return, but one star who won’t be returning is Jake Johnson.

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In “Jurassic World” Jake Johnson played a character named Lowery Cruthers who worked at the park and mostly served as comic relief. Colin Trevorrow directed the last film, but he’s only working as a producer and writer this time around, and during a recent chat with Den of Geek he said that Johnson’s character just didn’t fit into the story, but that doesn’t mean he won’t return in the future.

“He’s not in Jurassic World 2 for the same reason that any other actor would be excluded from a movie. Unless we can find a genuine, organic way to make it not seem like he’s just in it because he was a great character in a previous film. It doesn’t mean he’ll never be back, and I’ve had conversations with almost all of the actors going back to the previous films about how important their legacies are to these movies and yet also how important it is to continuously change and evolve them into something new.”

Trevorrow also noted that fans should expect the franchise to go in a bit of a different direction with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” which he says is much more character based.

“Because Jurassic is not a forever franchise in a traditional way. If it’s going to be something that continues to exist it has to be earned on a movie by movie basis. The reason why I didn’t want to direct it myself, why I brought in J.A. Bayona and why in our screenwriting decisions we’ve taken it into a very different direction that’s much more character based than previous films, is all from that need to constantly evolve and change.”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” will open in theaters on June 22, 2018.