New ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel Adds ‘Manifest’ Star Luna Blaise For Key Role

The cast of Universal’s new Jurassic World movie keeps growing, and a key role has just been snagged by Manifest and Fresh Off the Boat actress, Luna Blaise. She joins a star-powered ensemble that includes Scarlett Johansson, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Mahershala Ali, Jonathan Bailey and Rupert Friend. Gareth Edwards (The Creator) will direct, having taken over for David Leitch who dropped out for creative reasons.

This is the biggest feature film role for Blaise, who previously appeared in 2022’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.  The 22-year-old actress beat out a number of actors for what is expected to be a key role in the film. And it’s easy to see why, as the Jurassic franchise has turned a lot of young actors into big stars.

Some of the rumors circulating title the film Jurassic City, with the action set in a major metropolis. Nothing has been confirmed, however, as plot details remain under wraps. Expect lots of dino-action, especially with a blockbuster filmmaker like Edwards behind the camera.

Set to hit theaters in July 2025, the film will have a script by David Koepp that will introduce an entirely new set of characters. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, and other familiar faces are not expected to return. [Deadline]

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