A character from the first Jurassic Park film will be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel, though it probably isn’t the first couple of ones who you think.
Speaking with IGN, Jurassic World director revealed that B. D. Wong’s character of geneticist Dr. Henry Wu.
He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.
This strikes me as a rather ingenious idea and I can see where there could be a number of directions that they could take the character. And Treverow states that he and co-screenwriter felt that the inclusion of Wu would form a more organic link to the original trilogy of films than using one of the more well known characters played by Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum.
I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go.
Jurassic World is scheduled to stomp into theaters in May 2015.