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Scarlett Johansson in Negotiations for Role in Universal’s ‘Jurassic World’ Film Directed by Gareth Edwards

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Mar 26, 2024

Two-time Oscar nominee Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the Gareth Edwards-directed Jurassic World reboot at Universal. This news has been circulating for some time, but it appears to be quite solid. This new project puts Johansson in business with another major movie franchise, following her Black Widow days at Marvel. Her time at Marvel resulted in the star suing Disney over the 2021 pandemic release of that movie, which the studio decided to release day-and-date on Disney+, ultimately impacting box office grosses. However, the two sides were able to settle their differences.

Universal is moving quickly to assemble the project for a July 2, 2025 release. David Koepp, who adapted the first Jurassic Park from Michael Crichton’s classic novel, is penning the latest iteration of Jurassic World. The new movie is a fresh take on the Jurassic era, but cast members from previous Jurassic World films, such as Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, are not expected to return, nor are original trilogy actors Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill.

Jurassic World will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg through Amblin Entertainment, with Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley producing through Kennedy-Marshall. EVP Production Development Sara Scott and Creative Executive of Production Development Jacqueline Garell are overseeing the production at Universal. The Jurassic Park franchise, which is over 30 years old, has grossed $5.67 billion at the global box office. The original 1993 film directed by Spielberg was followed by two sequels, The Lost World (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001). In 2015, Universal revived the franchise with Jurassic World, followed by Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Dominion (2022).

Johansson, who was nominated for Best Actress for Netflix’s Marriage Story and Supporting Actress for Searchlight’s Taika Waititi-directed Jojo Rabbit in 2020, is now circling Jurassic World. This news was first reported by InSneider.

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