B.D. Wong reprised his role as geneticist Dr. Henry Wu in 2015’s “Jurassic World,” providing a direct link between the blackbuster franchise revival and 1993’s “Jurassic Park.” And now it looks as if the actor will return once again for the sequel.
The Tony Award winner posted a photo of himself with one of the series’ velociraptor taken at Pinewood Studios outside of London. His return isn’t exactly a surprise, as executive producer Frank Marshall suggested in November that audiences likely hadn’t seen the last of Dr. Wu.
Wong joins fellow returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in director J.A. Bayona’s film, which also features franchise newcomers James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Toby Jones and Rafe Spall.
Very little is known about the plot of “Jurassic World 2,” written by “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow and his frequent collaborator Derek Connolly, although it’s said to be larger in scope than the previous film. Trevorrow has teased the story was inspired by quote in “Jurassic Park” by Dr. Alan Grant, played by Sam Neil: “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?”
Wong’s three-decade acting career spans television, stage and film, with roles in “M. Butterfly” (for which he won a Tony), “And the Band Played On,” “Mulan,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Mr. Robot.” He plays Professor Hugo Strange on Fox’s “Gotham.”
“Jurassic World 2” is expected to begin filming next month for release on June 22, 2018.
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