Casting on Jurassic World 2 is beginning to grind into motion ahead of production getting underway in Hawaii early next year, and we now have early details regarding a young new character named Lucy.
Word comes by way of Jurassic Outpost (via MovieWeb), confirming that Universal is in the midst of casting the net in search of a 9-year-old actress to play the part. The casting call is fairly strict on the age limit, requesting that the candidate must be able to display a range of emotions when filming scenes with her father. Who exactly is the old man? It’s too soon to tell, but the fact that the post specifics the ability to handle “anxiety, bravery, and shock” indicates that the studio is eager to pluck a young star that is wise beyond her years.
Per Jurassic Outpost:
“She is a young girl around 9 years of age. The girl playing “Lucy” must be at least 9 years of age by February 2017, but cannot be over 10 years old. She must be a sensitive and clever actress capable of handling long and complex scenes. Lucy must be able to handle a range of emotions from tender moments with her father, to anxiety, bravery, and shock.”
Though there have been suggestions that Lucy’s father could in fact be Owen Grady, the smoldering dinosaur researcher played by Chris Pratt, it seems more likely that her father also enters the fray as a new character. Either way, the newcomer(s) will be part of a story that is “more suspenseful and scary” than its record-breaking predecessor, after director Juan Antonio Bayona promised to up the ante. Could that herald the introduction of open source dino creation? It seems awfully likely.
Jurassic World 2, dubbed part two of Universal’s trilogy, is on course to stomp into theaters on June 22, 2018.