There were rumors and then Ron Howard “confirmed” the casting news of Chris Pratt starring in director’s Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World.
Now Pratt is confirming the news. While promoting The Lego Movie Pratt tells Peace River Record Gazette he’s happy.
“I’m thrilled about it,” said Pratt of his casting in a franchise that he holds dear.
“For me, Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars. I lined up at the theater to see it, I saw it opening night, I saw every sequel, I’ve seen it a whole bunch of times… for me that was my big movie, I think I was 13 or 14 when it came out. And so it’s a big deal for me to be any part of that, let alone this part I’m going to be playing. I’m thrilled about it.”
The story will pick up 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, with a new cast of characters. Trevorrow has also hinted that the action will take place in Isla Nubar.
Pratt is reportedly playing a rugged ex-military man named Owen who butts heads with a corporate scientist played by Bryce Dallas Howard.
Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson are also set to appear.
Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015.