Jake Johnson might not be returning to Isla Nublar any time soon.
The New Girl star appeared in last year’s Jurassic World as the control room operator Lowery, a computer programmer and dinosaur nerd — the kind of guy who spends $150 to buy a Jurassic Park T-shirt off eBay. But when a fan on Twitter asked him whether he’d be reprising his role in the upcoming sequel, Johnson said that “from what I hear,” Lowery won’t be in Jurassic World 2.
Universal declined to comment.
So far, the only returning cast members confirmed for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel are Chris Pratt as Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire. (Last year, Howard revealed that when director Colin Trevorrow told her that the sequel was a go, the first thing he told her was that she wouldn’t have to wear high heels in the jungle.) Trevorrow is executive producing and co-writing the as-yet-untitled sequel with Derek Connolly, and J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) is taking over directing duties.
Last month, Trevorrow teased a little bit about the tone of Jurassic World 2, saying that Bayona — the director behind 2007’s Spanish horror film The Orphanage — was the perfect person to handle the “more suspenseful” sequel.
“It will be more suspenseful and scary,” Trevorrow said. “It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set.”
The Jurassic World sequel is set to hit theaters on June 22, 2018.