Twelve-year-old Ty Simpkins, who made his feature acting debut as "3-year-old Boy" in Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," is the latest actor attached to star in "Jurassic World," the fourth film in Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" franchise. Colin Trevorrow is set to direct this new installment.
Deadline.com reported on Monday that Simpkins is under consideration to play one of the "Jurassic World" leads, this after starring alongside Robert Downey Jr. in this summer's "Iron Man 3." (Simpkins also has key role in the "Insidious" series of films.) He's the second actor named as a possibility for the film, following Bryce Dallas Howard; Variety noted her involvement back in September.
One other actor apparently being discussed for "Jurassic World" is Jake Johnson. The "New Girl" star is mentioned in the Deadline.com report on Timpkins, but whether he winds up actually appearing in the film is obviously unclear. (Johnson worked with Trevorrow on the 2012 film "Safety Not Guaranteed.") In an interview with HuffPost Entertainment pegged to the release of the indie film "Drinking Buddies," Johnson discussed how he views making studio films at this point in his career:
I'm kind of at a crossroads right now actually, in that this last summer I did more of a studio movie ["Let's Be Cops"]. I loved working with Damon Wayans Jr., but it really made me miss movies like "Drinking Buddies" or "Safety Not Guaranteed." And coming back to "New Girl" was a real reminder of how lucky I am to be on a popular network TV show. I think as I progress -- and I've already kind of talked to my agents, managers and team about it -- I'll be very happy to go back to movies like "Drinking Buddies" and "Safety Not Guaranteed," and if it happens to be a bigger studio movie, it's got to be the right one. As an actor, you act in order to make a living. Then, when you can make a living, you start acting because you want to do what you love to do. I need to remind myself of that a lot. "New Girl" is how I make my living, and if I'm going to do a movie it's because I really, artistically, want to do it.