Scarlett Johansson May Be Headlining New “Jurassic World” Movie

Scarlett Johansson is looking to be the likely candidate to lead Universal Pictures’ new dinosaur epic. Johansson is in talks to star in the new Jurassic World movie by The Creator director Gareth Edwards.

Universal is moving with the speed of a velociraptor to put the pieces together, which already includes a script from original Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp.

This would mark Johansson’s return to the movie franchise business of which she was a part for so long and knows so well. She starred as Black Widow in multiple Marvel Studios films, including her own standalone film, while still finding time to work on smaller prestige projects, like her two Oscar-nominated turns in Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit. (She also starred, many years ago, in Jonathan Glazer’s nearly flawless sci-fi thriller Under the Skin, in case you want to put that on your watch list.)

Johansson would be stepping into one of the most storied franchises in the movie business, one that began in 1993 with Steven Spielberg’s game-changing adaptation of Michael Chricton’s novel. Spielberg directed the original Jurassic Park in 93 and the follow-up, The Lost World, in 1997. That was followed by Jurassic Park III in 2001, and then the franchise entered a new era with 2015’s Jurassic World, which starred Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who went on to lead two more films.

Koepp’s script for the new Jurassic World is said to usher in a brand new story with a whole new cast (that means that not only will Pratt and Howard not be returning, but neither will original stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill, or Jeff Goldblum). It’s not thought that the new film will be a period piece, so we’re looking at sticking with the present day.

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Featured image: CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 24: Scarlett Johansson attends the “Asteroid City” photocall at the 76th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 24, 2023 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)


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