One character that was really left shortchanged in Colin Trevorrow’s record-breaking Jurassic World – and no, we don’t mean the battle-worn T-Rex – was Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing.
A slave to the InGen system, Howard’s Park Operations Manager was a difficult persona to empathize with, and it was only towards the end of Trevorrow’s blockbuster that we began to see some fleeting signs of redeeming qualities. That all looks set to change though with the release of the 2018 sequel.
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When quizzed about her role in Universal’s planned follow-up, Howard was understandably coy, dancing around any actual plot details. What the actress did address, however, was the evolving arc of Claire as a character, and why fans can look forward to a completely “different person” when that June 2018 due date rolls around.
“Claire is a different person now. The person she is at the end of the movie is not the person she was in the beginning. Her armor of sorts was that white, pristine outfit with heels in a very corporate environment and stuff, and the chick at the end… totally different. So yeah… it better not be heels.”
Few could have predicted that Claire’s choice of footwear would garner so much attention, though Howard has teased in the past that she’s ready to leave the high heels at the door before returning to Isla Nublar – or indeed its neighboring islands. As for the situation on the other side of the lens, Colin Trevorrow is currently tied to directing Star Wars: Episode IX, though we understand that both he and Derek Connolly will help pen the screenplay for the second chapter in what is fast becoming a newfound trilogy at Universal.
Jurassic World 2 is currently slated to release on June 22, 2018, with Universal closing in on a deal to secure World War Z 2 dropout Juan Antonio Bayona.