'Jurassic World 2' Casts 'Get Down' Star Justice Smith

The Hollywood Reporter
Justice Smith (Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter)
Justice Smith (Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter)

By Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter

Justice Smith, the star of Baz Lurhmann’s Netflix series The Get Down, has joined Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s next Jurassic World film.

J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) is directing the project, which is in pre-production as it heads toward a start in spring 2017 in England.

Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, is writing the script with Derek Connolly. Details are being kept buried deep underground although Pratt and Howard are reprising their roles from World.

World was the much-heralded return to the dinosaurs first seen in Jurassic Park, the 1993 Steven Spielberg movie, which was based on the Michael Crichton novel. World stomped its way to $1.67 billion at the box office when it was released in 2015.

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Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are producing the new installment with Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg exec producing. Belen Atienza is also a producer.

Smith led the cast of Lurhmann’s stylish Get Down, which followed a group of teens in 1970s Bronx. He played the show’s lead, named Ezekiel. Smith also appeared in Paper Towns, Fox 2000’s adaptation of a John Green YA novel that starred Nat Wolff and Cara Delevigne. Before he heads for Jurassic parks he will star opposite Lucas Hedges in the Off-Broadway play Yen, which will begin previews on January 12 and opens January 30.

Smith is repped by WME and Kohl Group.