James Cromwell has signed on for the upcoming sequel to Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cromwell will join a growing cast that includes Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda and Justice Smith. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will also reprise their roles for the sequel.
Cromwell has been acting for over 50 years, racking up roughly 175 film credits along the way. He played Arthur H. Hoggert in the children’s movie “Babe,” in which a farmer must learn to deal with a piglet that thinks it is a sheepdog.
Cromwell has taken on his fair share of serious roles, too. His filmography includes the likes of “The Green Mile,” “L.A. Confidential” and “The Artist.” Recently, he took on the role of Cardinal Michael Spencer in the HBO series “The Young Pope,” starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton. Universal Pictures has yet to announce what role Cromwell will take on in the “Jurassic World” sequel.
Little to nothing is known about the plot of the “Jurassic World” sequel. J.A. Bayona, director of “The Orphanage” and “A Monster Calls,” will direct the film, taking over for Colin Trevorrow, the previous film’s director. Trevorrow wrote the script for the sequel with Derek Connolly.
“Jurassic World,” the first sequel in the franchise since 2001, quickly became one of the most successful films of all time, pulling in $208 million in its opening weekend (second now only to “The Force Awakens”) before going on to gross $1.67 billion worldwide.
“Jurassic World 2” is scheduled for theatrical release on June 22, 2018.