Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda on ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Ultra-Realistic Practical Dinosaurs

     June 20, 2018

Director J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, already playing around the world, is opening this weekend in North America. Written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, the follow-up takes place three years after the events of Jurassic World and finds Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) returning to the now-abandoned Isla Nublar to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from a brewing volcano that threatens to make the animals extinct once again. But their expedition is not what it seems, and after uncovering a conspiracy, Owen and Claire find themselves in a race against greed, corporatism, and murderous dinosaurs. The film also stars James CromwellTed LevineJustice Smith, Geraldine ChaplinDaniella PinedaToby Jones, Rafe SpallIsabella SermonBD Wong, and Jeff Goldblum.

jurassic-world-fallen-kingdom-posterLast week, I spoke with Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda in Hawaii (no, the backdrop isn’t a matte painting!) about the making of the fantastic sequel. They talked about the casting process, what they’ll never forget about making Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the amazing practical dinosaurs, and a lot more. In addition, Justice Smith talked a bit about being part of Detective Pikachu.

Finally, as a big fan of J.A. Bayona (he’s previously helmed The Impossible, The Orphanage and A Monster Calls), I’m happy to report his first big budget Hollywood movie is a success. Not only does Fallen Kingdom have the thrilling action scenes we’ve come to expect from a Jurassic Park movie, it’s also got a ton of great quiet moments that build suspense in the way he moves the camera towards what he wants you to see. Trust me, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a fantastic movie and something well worth your hard-earned money.

Check out what Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda:

  • What did it cost to put in the matte painting?
  • How early on did they know they were cast before the studio announced it?
  • Who was the first person they told after getting cast?
  • Did Justice Smith have to do the scream in the audition process?
  • We start talking about Luc Besson’s 5th Element
  • What will they never forget about making Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
  • Daniella Pineda talks about the amazing practical dinosaurs.
  • What can Justice Smith say about Detective Pikachu?

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Here’s the official synopsis for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.


Image via Universal Pictures

Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits IMAX theaters on June 22. For more of our coverage, check out the following links:

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