New ‘Jurassic World’ Film Eyes Scarlett Johansson For Lead Role, Jennifer Lawrence Passed On It

Rumors have been swirling now that Universal has greenlit a fourth Jurassic World movie, to be directed by Rogue One and The Creator‘s Gareth Edwards. According to Puck, they have confirmed an earlier scoop by Jeff Sneider that Scarlett Johansson is in talks to star in the film, which has the rumored title of Jurassic City.

Universal may have had another A-list actress in mind, too, as the report states that Jennifer Lawrence was in talks for a lead role, but ultimately passed on it.

David Koepp, writer of the first two Jurassic Park movies directed by Spielberg, is writing this new Jurassic City script. Take this for what it’s worth, but some of the online buzz says the tone will be similar to Escape from New York. Honestly, it doesn’t even matter. It sounds as if Koepp has come up with a novel way to keep the franchise alive.

If this all works out, it will be Johansson’s first major blockbuster role since Black Widow. Last year she appeared in Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, and had a starring role in Kristin Scott Thomas’ directorial debut, North Star.

Whatever the case, there will be no returning stars for this new movie. So don’t expect to see Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, or any of the old favorites.

Production begins on July 31st with a planned release date of July 2nd 2025.

Travis Hopson
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