The Jurassic World sequel will surely be fiercer. It’ll also be hipper.
Justice Smith (The Get Down) has joined the cast of the action franchise’s next installment, Universal Pictures confirmed to EW. He’ll play an unspecified role in director J.A. Bayona’s (The Impossible) film, joining Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard (sans high heels).
The 21-year-old Smith starred in the YA dramedy Paper Towns last year before landing the starring role in The Get Down. In Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series, Smith plays the wide-eyed Zeke, who throws himself into New York’s budding hip-hop scene in the late 1970s. He will star opposite Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) in the Off-Broadway coming-of-age story Yen, which begins previews on Jan. 12, 2017 and opens Jan. 30.
Jurassic World ripped box office records to shreds in 2015. The Colin Trevorrow-directed movie made $1.67 billion worldwide and is the fourth-highest-grossing film in domestic box office history. Though Trevorrow won’t direct Jurassic World‘s sequel, he will co-write the script with regular collaborator Derek Connolly and executive produce with Steven Spielberg.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.